Wii software sales were down 6%, from 204 million to 191 million sold, as well as DS software down 23%, from 197 million to 157 million. Top Wii titles include Wii Sports Resort at 16.4 million sold, Wii Fit Plus at 12.65 million, Super Mario Bros. Wii at 14.7 million.
Predictions for the current year foresee a further decline for the Wii, with an estimated 18 million units being sold. However, with the 3DS being released, an estimated 30 million new units will be sold.
With such a low failure rate (estimated 1-3%), and the fact that many families already own one or more, why would people keep buying them? I personally have two in my house. I haven’t touched mine since around Christmas to play Super Mario Bros. Wii or the occasional Super Smash Bros. Brawl. My step-mom plays Wii Fit once in a blue moon.
Even with such remarkable games like No More Heroes, Madworld, Tatsunoko vs Capcom , or Dead Space Extraction, the Wii seems to be losing its touch. With titles like Metroid: Other M and Super Mario Galaxy 2 coming in the near future, maybe Nintendo will break this trend. How much longer can Nintendo rely on Pokemon and Mario?
What would it take for you to start purchasing Wii software again? Are you waiting for the 3DS instead? Share your thoughts below!