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Wii Sold an Estimated 236,000 Units Last Month in U.S.

Posted by Trevor Chan

Were any of them purchased by yourself?

The latest figures from market research firm NPD shows Wii sales in the United States last month were higher than expected, and conversely, 3DS sales have dropped compared to the previous month.

Equity research company Wedbush Securities predicted that Nintendo would sell 225,000 Wii consoles in the month of May, which wasn't far off the mark as a total of 236,000 Wii consoles were sold according to NPD. In the same month, Microsoft sold 270,000 Xbox 360 consoles, whereas Sony only managed to shift 175,000 units of the PlayStation 3.

Nintendo's handheld system hasn't been selling as well as its home console brother, as 3DS sales were down 50 percent compared to the previous month, which according to Gamasutra's calculation, puts 3DS May sales at around 97,000 units.

With these figures, total 3DS sales in the United States are now sitting at just under 700,000. Earlier this week, we reported that Japanese 3DS sales have surpassed one million, giving Japan the honour of being the first region to do so with Nintendo's latest handheld system.

Now that Wii U has been officially announced, it will be interesting to see what Wii hardware sales will be like for the month of June.

[via gamasutra.com]

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User Comments (24)

NintyMan

#2

NintyMan said:

People aren't embracing the 3DS as much because the big name games have yet to come. Ocarina of Time 3D will boost the 3DS, but it's going to be heavy hitters like Mario Kart and Super Mario 3D that are going to help the system most of all.

Now that the Wii U has been announced, the Wii sales numbers will contiue to dwindle the more people hear about the new home console.

tylers_username

#3

tylers_username said:

i hate old people and children for this reason, not that normal people wont buy wiis because they already bought them years ago so they dont need to buy one now.

emirblade

#5

emirblade said:

3DS is getting on track a lil bit by bit. Now we have a browser and eshop and soon video, as well as great titles.

Mikau94

#6

Mikau94 said:

One of them would be me. I got tired of replacing the laser in my old one, so I bought a limited edition version for cheap.

Burning_Spear

#7

Burning_Spear said:

I would buy a second one for my den if there were a convenient way to shuttle the save files between them. But to have a second one with none of my downloads, half of the save files anchored to my main Wii and the rest of the save files only transferrable via tedious SD-card swapping, it's just not worth it. One day I'd accidentally delete a 300-hour save file and wind up throwing both Wiis out the window. Please don't do this with WiiU, Nintendo.

Glade

#8

Glade said:

3DS is only as good as the games they sell for it. And as far as that is concerned, We need More good games. Sadly, all of the best are coming out in december...

The_Fox

#9

The_Fox said:

The Wii did just get a price drop so it's not terribly surprising to see it do those numbers.

Pj1

#10

Pj1 said:

I think, this should be whispered.... This Christmas we (Sorry) will see another price drop for Wii, as Nintendo will be some how gearing up for Wii-U but I don't see a new colour for Wii. Unless it's blue....

Kit

#12

Kit said:

Not had a static console since the SNES, I'm holding out for the Wii U.
Mind you I've had plenty of portables (Gameboys, GBA, DS, DSi and now 3DS) and PeeCees so I'm happy.

Kirk

#13

Kirk said:

The 3DS isn't doing very well because the console is simply too expensive and the games are far too expensive.

It's not really hard for Nintendo to figure out a way to fix that problem...

Nintonic

#14

Nintonic said:

What nintendo doesn't get is that we went from a Gamecube to a Wii,
I remember that moment, wireless, point screen, and new controls.
I remember it was the most advancing consol ever so far. Now we have all these other systems that are equaly or better than the Wii.
So my point is the Wii U won't sell is much because this is the same technology. The point screen, wireless, and new controls Wii. We have seen this technology in use alot more than 5 years ago. So that means nintendo needs to bring a new idea to the world. Maybe gogles that let you see all around your room? This is the same idea with new options you can do and after you play it for a while I know you are going to get bored.

XCWarrior

#15

XCWarrior said:

My plan is to eventually buy a PS3 (I want like 3 games), but the $300 price tag, much like the 3DS, is way too much. People yap about the 3DS costing too much, and while it does, the PS3 is 5-year old tech and should be down to like $150 itself by now. Same for 360, though that's selling like hotcakes for whatever reason.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#16

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

If Mask of Miracle and Mario Kart were already released, the 3DS sales would've been at least 50% more imho. Let's be honest though, the wii and the 3ds, all things considered, is STILL selling very well indeed.

Crunc

#17

Crunc said:

3DS needs a price cut. End of story. If it hits $200 or less, I can see getting one for my kids to share around xmas time. Otherwise they're going to go without. If they drop it to $150, which is where it should be, I would probably buy 2, one for each of my kids, so I'd suggest they do that. :)

Joetherocker

#18

Joetherocker said:

I'll get a 3DS once the good games arrive, but by then a price cut will be imminent and I'll wait for that.

Token_Girl

#19

Token_Girl said:

The only real big name game that released for 3DS in the past month was DoA. Low sales aren't really surprising, if Street Fighter didn't convince you to pick up the system, DoA probably won't either. You can bet there will be a rush once OoT drops.

Personally, after the Vita announcement, I'm holding off, because I think the 3DS may get a price drop around the holidays to compete. The most exciting things for me right now on the system are Mario Land and Links Awakening on the VC and OoT (which I'll probably buy on launch day without the system just to get the free CN soundtrack). The Wii's probably going to sell as long as the PS2 did.

Sir_Deadly

#20

Sir_Deadly said:

@15 I do believe the wii u will sell, that gogles thing u just pointed out is the same thing as the Wii U controller. On some games it will be with out a TV and lets you see all around your room . I do believe that this new console will be different from the wii BUT only because of the controller which they had made clear this is what the new console is mainly focused on. And if u dnt believe in nintendo, then what the heck r u doin on this site?

EdEN

#21

EdEN said:

Yep, I got a Limited Edition Red Wii for the living room so now I've got that an my launch white Wii.

It's weird how 240k sold in a month is "the Wii is doomed" but 360 selling 270k a month is "Microsoft is winning this console war!".

hydeks

#22

hydeks said:

ME! I bought a wii month, but I live in canada so it doesn't count :P Still thinking of getting a another system though for the living room, the system is on sale here for $129 with mario kart and that instead of $149

Princess_Peach

#23

Princess_Peach said:

I got a PS3 for free by signing a contract with a cell phone company, does that count for the sale too? I personally hate PS3

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