Pretty respectable

The Wii U might not be posting the kind of sales figures that it forerunner did, but 2014 may well go down as the year that ignited the console's commercial resurgence. Whilst Sony grabbed headlines for the PS4's escalating sales and Microsoft played it aggressive, Nintendo, focused on what it does best: creating and publishing great games.

The Wii U consequently saw a stellar line of exclusive titles in 2014 - including Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Bayonetta 2.

It looks as though the momentum caused by such an array of high quality games - as well as the critical praise which accompanied them - has translated into an upward trajectory in sales, at least according to Mike Fethers, Senior Buyer for Games at UK online retailer The Hut.

Speaking to MCV, Fethers said:

Nintendo now has a respectable install base in the UK for Wii U, with 2015 starting with Captain Toad and leading into Zelda, it's a good news story. Also, with amiibo being a huge success, it'll be great to see more titles take advantage of that.

All things considered, it certainly seems Nintendo has built itself a platform from which to achieve further success and with a list boasting such highly-anticipated games as Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Star Fox, Mario Maker and of course Zelda, 2015 could end up being the best year for Wii U yet.