As another year settles in snippets of information are starting to reveal the Holiday fortunes of Wii U, since its North American arrival on 18th November and its subsequent releases in Europe, Japan and elsewhere. NPD figures should paint a clearer picture for the US later this week, while Nintendo's own quarterly results are due at the end of January, but today brings us news of Wii U sales in GameStop retail group stores up to 29th December.
According to the Holiday Sales Results published by the company, which covers global sales at its various outlets, the retail group sold 320,000 Wii U retail units since it arrived in its respective territories. In a line that reflects the overall tone of the results, CEO Paul Raines said a "successful Wii U launch, strong digital growth and continued momentum in the mobile space were countered by a decline in store traffic." Digital receipts rose by more than 40%, but store traffic and boxed sales dropped significantly enough for the business to return global Holiday sales 4.6% lower than the equivalent period last year.
In terms of the Wii U figure, it's tricky to judge the success or otherwise of these numbers, even though it is from one of the largest game retailers in the world. The result was listed among the positive aspects of GameStop's report, and we of course are yet to find out how overall sales through the many online and high street retailers around the world have fared. By the end of January we should have a clear picture.
Have you bought a Wii U from GameStop, and what do you make of this sales figure?