NPD Results Bring Solid 3DS Numbers as Wii U Struggles

Fingers crossed for May and June

The latest NPD results covering U.S. physical retail sales are now out in the wild, and they bring mixed news. Hardware sales are up, being driven by PS4 and Xbox One, software is down but, overall, total sales of $1.03 billion represent a 3% increase over the equivalent month last year.

Nintendo hasn't issued an update this month, however, which is perhaps reflected by some disappointing results. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the multi-platform nature of all but two titles in the software top ten, Yoshi's New Island hasn't made an impact. As you can see below the only bright point is that the 3DS and Wii U versions of The LEGO Movie Videogame continue to come out ahead of the equivalent releases on PS4 and Xbox One.

Hardware sales have to be found from external sources, ultimately, with research analyst David Gibson — a source we've cited before — giving the following figures:

  • 3DS — 159,000
  • Wii U — just over 70,000
  • Wii — 28,000
  • PS Vita — a little over 10,000
  • PSP — around 5,000

Suggestions on the likes of NeoGaf peg the PS4 and Xbox One sales at over 300,000, with Xbox 360 also over 100,000 units. 3DS sales are down on the equivalent of last year by over 30%, with the Wii U reportedly creeping up 4.5% over March 2013.

No substantial jump was expected of the Wii U, in particular, in March; the system's hardware sales seem to have dipped from the 80,000-100,000 estimated in February, though last month did bring Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze to the market. As for the 3DS, it's solid momentum ahead of major releases in May and June, while the Wii U waits for Mario Kart 8 on 30th May.


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