Nintendo Updates List of Hardware and Software Units Sold

Nintendo has released its updated hardware and software sales numbers for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. As of December 2016, Nintendo has sold 13.56 million Wii U consoles and 65.3 million Nintendo 3DS handhelds. Software sales for the Wii U were better than anticipated, with a total of 96.52 million sold. The Nintendo 3DS is the real winner though with 320.96 million software units sold.

Unfortunately, the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS aren't quite on par with the sales of their predecessors. The Wii ended up selling 101.63 million consoles and the Nintendo DS sold 154.02 million handhelds in its various iterations. Software sales for Nintendo last-gen were even more lucrative with the Wii selling 917.34 million copies, and the Nintendo DS selling a whopping 948.51 million units of software.

Nintendo released an additional infographic containing sales data for their previous hardware generations as well. Additionally, we also have info on best-selling software per title.

Wii U's Top Ten Best-Selling Titles

  1. Mario Kart 8: 8.26 million units sold.
  2. New Super Mario Bros. U: 5.62 million units sold.
  3. Super Mario 3D World: 5.47 million units sold.
  4. Nintendo Land: 5.16 million units sold.
  5. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 5.16 million units sold.
  6. Splatoon: 4.76 million units sold.
  7. Super Mario Maker: 3.89 million units sold.
  8. New Super Luigi U: 2.89 million units sold.
  9. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD: 2.11 million units sold.
  10. Mario Party 10: 2.04 million units sold.

Nintendo 3DS Top Ten Best-Selling Titles

  1. Pokémon X and Y: 16.06 million units sold.
  2. Mario Kart 7: 14.82 million units sold.
  3. Pokémon Sun and Moon: 14.69 million units sold.
  4. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 13.68 million units sold.
  5. Super Mario 3D Land: 11.17 million units sold.
  6. New Super Mario Bros. 2: 11.09 million units sold.
  7. Animal Cross: New Leaf: 10.45 million units sold.
  8. Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS: 8.59 million units sold.
  9. Tomodachi Life: 5.58 million units sold.
  10. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon: 5.2 million units sold.

As you can see, all the top selling software for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS are first-party titles, a weakness Nintendo has had for several hardware generations now. With the third-party support Nintendo has garnered for the Nintendo Switch, perhaps this is the generations they'll make a turnaround. Nintendo has forecasted a bright financial future for themselves so we can only hope that they're right.

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