The Nintendo Wii U made its debut in the UK over a year ago on November 30, 2012. It had almost a full year head start in the console ‘war’ of sales against Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4, way before either console had official titles! (I still would have gone with Xbox Infinity) Either way, both the PS4 and Xbox One have released in the UK now, and according to Nintendo Life both consoles have already passed the Wii U in terms of life-to-date total sales for the country.
To get better into specifics, the PS4 launched to roughly 250,000 units sold in the UK within its first 48 hours, starting from November 29. The Xbox One launched on November 22 to roughly 150,000 units sold within its first two days. That means, by process of elimination, that the Wii U has sold less than 150,000 units in the UK for its entire year of existence.
It’s getting harder and harder for the Wii U to recover, as this point. This news is just a ripple in a long-reaching wave of disappointments for the console, the most recent prior to this being Super Mario 3D World’s poor launch week sales in Japan (the lowest in 3D Mario history for the home country).
Perhaps 2014’s software titles can help the Wii U make some gains in sales. Bayonetta 2, Wii Fit U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, X and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game are all intriguing exclusives in their own right. If they will help Nintendo get back to parity in 8th generation console sales is yet to be seen.
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