The sales indications available for the UK market may be a tad grim from a Nintendo perspective, but the picture is certainly a little improved in other countries in Europe. France seems to be a relatively strong market for the big N, as one example.
Figures published by Le Figaro - via Perfectly Nintendo - show decent performance in the French market. In the hardware stakes the PS4 was top in 2015, but the 3DS in particular has a strong presence in the country; by comparison the Wii U isn't doing particularly well, and is scrapping around with the Xbox One a good way behind Sony's system. Below are the 2015 hardware sales (clearly heavily rounded), with lifetime sales for each system in brackets.
- PlayStation 4 - 1,000,000 (2,155,000)
- 3DS - 686,000 (4,000,000)
- Xbox One - 298,000 (715,000)
- Wii U - 228,000 (742,000)
The Wii U's lifetime lead over Xbox One may be overhauled this year, but the four million-strong base for the 3DS is certainly impressive; it was no doubt helped in 2015 by the launch of the New 3DS, too.
It's in software that the most pleasing results come, especially in light of struggles in some other territories. Four Nintendo exclusives were among the top 10 selling games of the year, with Splatoon selling over 300,000 copies and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer surpassing 220,000 units.
- FIFA 16 (PS4)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4)
- Star Wars Battlefront (PS4)
- Splatoon (Wii U)
- GTA V (PS4)
- FIFA 16 (PS3)
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
- Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
- Tomodachi Life (3DS)
- FIFA 16 (Xbox One)
Finally there are some hardware sales figures for Germany, with these being numbers from each system's respective launch. The Wii U is, just like in France, ahead of the Xbox One; we should remember, of course, that Nintendo's system came out a year before Microsoft's.
- PS4 - 2,800,000 (68%)
- Wii U - 690,000 (17%)
- Xbox One - 600,000 (15%)
Some interesting figures, overall, and some positives for Nintendo of Europe.
With thanks to Benson for the heads up.