According to an NPD representative, the figure represents a 38 percent decrease on sales for the original Wii at the same point in its life, and Gamasutra estimates that the actual number is between 45,000 and 59,000 consoles sold. If accurate, that would mean the Wii U performed worse in January than the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 did in any single month throughout their entire lifespan. Nintendo will be hoping for a sales boost later in the year from recently-announcedSuper Mario, Zelda, and Mario Kart titles.
Microsoft, meanwhile, announced that the Xbox 360 sold 281,000 units last month. We're yet to see numbers from Sony, but they look to be lower — Microsoft is claiming the crown of best-selling console in the US for its 25th consecutive month. The company reiterated the figure of 76 million consoles sold worldwide; an IDC report from last month cited the same number shipped versus 77 million units for the PlayStation 3. With Sony set to announce its next-generation PlayStation in under a week, it appears that the company isstill neck and neck with Microsoft towards the end of the PS3's life.
It seems demand has dropped off considerably for the Wii U for the month of January, selling well under the 430,000 units in December of last year. It's estimated that the Wii U has clocked in at around 45,000 to 59,000 total January sales. What are your thoughts, is this to be expected when there's no big games coming out in a few months, or is this a sign of more to come?