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Nintendo sells 1.84M New 3DS in 2014 while Wii U sells 9.2M in its lifetime

Nintendo has given us a look into the sales of both its hardware and software up to the end of 2014, and things are looking good.


Nintendo has released information regarding how the company’s hardware and software have been performing since the end of 2014. As you’d expect, the news is quite positive compared to previous years.

The New Nintendo 3DS appears to be the star of Nintendo’s report as it has already shipped 1.84 million units by the end of 2014. That’s quite an impressive start considering it’s only been available in Japan and Australia at the time. The New 3DS helped push the number of devices within the 3DS family sell beyond 50 million units. On the other side of the spectrum, 3DS sales in North America and Europe haven’t had a significant growth considering both regions are awaiting the arrival of the New 3DS.

Nintendo’s Wii U was able to gain some strength by the end of 2014 as the company was able to move 1.91 million consoles worldwide in the 2014 holiday season, specifically between October and December 2014. As of the end of 2014, the Wii U’s lifetime total is 9.2 million console units and 52.87 million software units.

As far as software goes, the Wii U’s best sellers were Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with sales of 4.77 million and 3.39 million units, respectively. In the world of handhelds, the 3DS’ best selling software was Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which moved 9.35 million units between the two, while Super Smash Bros. for 3DS sold a total of 6.19 million units. In total, the 3DS was able to sell a total of 53.04 million software units in 2014.

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    January 28, 2015 7:30 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Nintendo sells 1.84M New 3DS and 9.2M Wii U in 2014

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      January 28, 2015 7:46 AM

      As of the end of 2014, the Wii U’s lifetime total is 9.2 million console units.

      That's not the same as the headline claiming 9.2m have been sold in 2014 (alone).


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      January 28, 2015 7:56 AM

      Sell through or just sells to the distributors?

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        January 28, 2015 8:41 AM

        It doesn't matter as it won't ever reach Gamecube numbers. Ouch.

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          January 28, 2015 8:44 AM

          That's painful. I am really interested to see what they decide to do with their next console.

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            January 28, 2015 11:27 AM

            Until the top execs are replaced with a newer generation, I kinda fear for Nintendo. There was an article recently that really laid out why Nintendo has been so reluctant to move forward on various things like online play, etc. It's basically a generational thing tied to senior leadership. I guess it's a Japanese company first and foremost so saying investors may not let there be another console may not be really accurate. Although I gotta say the US reception at this point will be a progressively steep hill to climb because of such a misstep from the Wii to the Wiiu.

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              January 28, 2015 11:39 AM

              It's tough to say, I think a lot of families really enjoyed the Wii and simply don't even realize that the Wii U exists, even today. You can't ignore the success they had with the Wii coming off of lackluster Gamecube sales, either. It was most likely lightning in a bottle, but they're a creative bunch and I think they can come up with something that will interest the general public again. That, and if they actually market the thing well (or at all) the next time around.

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                January 28, 2015 11:49 AM

                I, personally, think they were in a prime position to create the first smartphones if they had kept up with their networking attempts from the 90s. While I still think a Nintendo mobile that doubles as a phone would be awesome, I also think they might have missed that golden opportunity altogether.

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            January 28, 2015 11:58 AM

            How about they make a console which doesn't just seem like it's a touch screen add-on for the Wii.

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          January 28, 2015 9:02 AM

          Yeah, according to this figure it hasn't even sold half as much as Gamecube so far. So unless Xenoblade and Zelda move 10,000,000 consoles, this will be their worst selling console.

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            January 28, 2015 9:05 AM

            Aside from the Virtual Boy lol

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      January 28, 2015 8:27 AM

      Man I loooove my 3ds and will buy the new one when it comes out. Will pick up the WiiU towards the end of its lifetime and marathon Mario games.

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