Fresh 2013 UK Hardware Sales Figures Keep 3DS on Top, While Wii U Sells Less Than Vita

The 3DS family and Wii U both show annual increases

Last week we shared a report by trade magazine MCV which listed the 3DS — the "family" of systems taken as one — as the top selling games system in the UK for the whole of 2013. MCV also had PS4 squeaking past the Xbox 360 as the best-selling home console, while no specific details were given for other platforms such as the Wii U.

Eurogamer is now reporting some results of its own for 2013 UK sales, utilising data from Chart-Track, which places the Xbox 360 just above PS4. Of more interest to Nintendo fans, the 3DS family of consoles retains top spot — helped by strong sales of the 3DS XL and the arrival of the 2DS — while the running order for other systems is made clear. The Wii U is found in second-bottom spot, coming in behind Sony's PS Vita. Both of Nintendo's current systems did buck the trends of other pre-2013 consoles by recording year-on-year increases, however.

  • 3DS (including 2DS, XL) - up 4 per cent
  • Xbox 360 - down 30.7 per cent
  • PS4
  • PS3 - down 31 per cent
  • Xbox One
  • Vita - down 41 per cent
  • Wii U - up 41.5 per cent
  • Wii - down 72 per cent

The 2013 UK increase for the Wii U is a positive, albeit it was only up against one month of launch sales from 2012; though specific numbers aren't provided, coming in behind the Vita is certainly disappointing. It caps a solid year for the 3DS, however, with a series of major releases giving it strong momentum and taking it to the top of this particular hardware chart.

In the coming days and weeks we'll receive the December NPD results — which provide information on U.S. sales — and then firm figures for all territories in Nintendo's Q3 financial reports. As a result we'll soon have a clearer picture of Nintendo's hardware performance around the world.


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