Wii U Sales Projected to Top Out at 25 Million Units

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Wii U 25 Million Lifetime Sales

While the life cycle of the Wii U has barely even begun (presumably), that isn’t stopping analysts from predicting the console’s future success, or lack thereof. That’s exactly what one analyst firm has done, and by their accounts the future doesn’t look too great for Nintendo‘s latest console.

Of course, any successor to the Wii — the best-selling console of this past generation — was going to have a tough act to follow, but the Wii U’s road has been bumpy to say the least. But, with a few high profile titles now under its belt, one would think the console will bounce back.

Well, according to DFC Intelligence (via IGN), the Wii U is looking at a lifetime sales tally that’s equal to about one quarter of what the Wii did. In straight numbers, that’s about 25 million units sold compared to the Wii’s 100 million — a milestone the console hit earlier this year.

To put that tally into perspective, the GameCube and the original Xbox sold about 25 million units each, so by no means is the Wii U headed for failure. In fact, as Nintendo has almost always shown, their consoles/handhelds tend to find an audience no matter what.

Just the same, DFC projects that the Wii U will remain a system focused on first party software. That isn’t too surprising, though, especially considering multiplatform titles will soon start catering to the PS4 and Xbox One, two consoles that are well ahead of the Wii U in terms of system specs. On the flip side, games like Super Mario 3D World, Super Smash Bros., and the inevitable HD Zelda are all “system sellers,” and will presumably help keep the Wii U afloat.

Regardless of one analysis firm’s projections, though, we will only truly be able to evaluate the Wii U’s success when all is said and done. Sure, the console has struggled since launch, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo couldn’t conceivably turn things around.

Do you think the Wii U will sell more or less than 25 million units during its lifetime? Do you plan on purchasing one at some point?

Source: IGN

TAGS: Nintendo, Wii U

  • Kaihaku

    I agree with your last caveat. Predictions like this are premature and should be taken with a very large grain of salt. I don’t expect the Wii U to match the success of the Wii but I think that it stands a good chance of coming in second this generation.

    The reason is that while Microsoft and Sony own the “hardcore” market, Nintendo is really the only name in family gaming right now. That is, it doesn’t really have any notable competition among it’s core demographic. It can’t compete with the PS4 or XBone when it comes to “hardcore” games, but then judging from the comments made by Sony’s Yoshida Nintendo actually feeds that market by introducing children to the basics of gaming.

    In any case… My own feeling is that one “hardcore” console will come out of this generation with the bulk of sales, the other “hardcore” console will leave the market, and the Wii U will finish somewhere in second.

  • Henry McHenry

    I don’t plan on getting a Wii U. I just got it, and I’m not getting any of the other two. After the last couple years with the X360 I had enough of M$ consumerization and I don’t like where Sony is heading to.

    • Shalkowski

      Where is Sony heading?

  • GeeEmm

    I plan on buying one very soon. Cant wait!


    The success of Nintendo’s Wii U is tied to sales of its flagship titles. Nintendo is the only game console manufacturer with a strong first party line up, and is not as dependent on third party titles as MS or Sony. Donkey Kong, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Zelda Wii U, and Metroid Prime will easily drive Wii U sales for the next two years. The Wii U will likely sell far more than 25 million. I would estimate 40-50 million. Many analyst like Patcher demonstrate poor judgement, and a strong negative bias toward Nintendo. Patcher analysis on Nintendo’s last three consoles was woefully inaccurate, and appear derived from personal opinion or pseudo science rather than actual market research. The Wii U will gain mass market acceptance it needs. At the end of the day the cheapest console with the best titles wins the race.

  • patrick

    if they sell it without that stupid controller i will buy one IMMEDIATELY

    • Aaron

      That is my main problem with the Wii U. I tried playing this console for the first time a few weeks back and it was just ridiculous. The thing is too large and I loathe the multiple screens. I’m sure it just takes time to get used to, but I don’t want to do that. I’m 32, which means I am an old school gamer who just needs a traditional controller and TV. I don’t like the multiple screens and I really don’t like motion. The Kinect games are fun to mess around with for a little while, but I could never play them for hours upon hours like I can with a regular game controller.

  • Aaron

    When will Nintendo realize that they should just become a third party game developer? There is no shame in that. I for one would love to play Metroid, Zelda, and Mario, but I will never buy a Nintendo again. That company just has too much pride and understandably so based on their history, but this Wii U thing is complete garbage.

    • bodig

      In the end you are saying “LEANING NEW THINGS IS SCARY SO I REFUSE!!!!!!!”
      The wii U isn’t garbage you are scared of a controller… I wouldn’t call you out on it, but you started by saying if it didn’t have the game pad you would buy one, then you go onto compare the game pad to the kinect. (this leads me to believe that you don’t understand the Wii U gamepad is literally just a controller built wider with a touch screen on it. and you finish off on a 2nd comment saying the system is just garbage…. If all it takes for you to want one is for Nintendo to remove the touch screen and shrink it down (aka package it with the pro-controller that is available for the Wii U) then you can’t say its garbage. You said Nintendo needs to realize that they should just be a 3rd party developer and there wasn’t any shame in that. well you need you realize that you are bad at expressing yourself, and what you meant to say was “I just don’t like the controller because it looks different”

  • Tommy jhgf

    Love the wii u .it kicks but…..and I and all my friends and family love it and we are knew ,wont ever get the ps4 or the x box they are a waste of money……

  • Tommy jhgf

    I got the wii u and love it…won’t bother with Xbox or Sony……