Iwata Thumbs Up

At the end of 2014 we're hopeful, even optimistic, that we'll be looking at a far brighter scenario for the Wii U. We don't have the facts and figures to start talking comebacks at the time of writing, however, so are restricted to looking ahead and taking the positives that we can.

There is one, too. Earlier today we reported on the latest Media Create Japanese chart figures. Those eager beavers at NeoGaf and Eurogamer have spotted something interesting, however, and that's the fact that the Wii U has now overtaken the lifetime sales of the Xbox 360 in Japan. That's obviously an entirely separate scenario from what's feasible in the West, and it shows how far the 360 has fallen in the region that its sales of 241 units last week was actually an increase; we can't remember the last time it broke four figures. The life to date numbers for Wii U in Japan now stand at 1,643,095, a little under 1500 above Microsoft's machine. It's worth noting that if your Japanese charts allegiance is with Famitsu, this landmark would have been passed weeks ago.

Such trifling achievements will hopefully mean nothing a year from now but, at this time, we'll take it.

[source neogaf.com, via eurogamer.net]