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Wii U passes 1 million in Japan in roughly the same time frame it took PS3 to do so


Good news came out of Japan today for Nintendo’s struggling Wii U console. The system finally passed 1 million consoles sold this past week. This comes from Media Create today.

At least Nintendo can say their console got their faster than any Microsoft console in Japan but that wouldn’t be saying much. I believe the 360 took about 2-3 years to cross 1 million units. Ironically this news comes almost at the same time that the PS3 finally crossed 1 million units in Japan.

That’s right, the Wii U is so “doomed” that it sold just as many units in Japan as the PS3 did in the same time frame. Of course PS3 was far more expensive but that shouldn’t work against the Wii U. If the PS3 can do that well and reverse its fortunes with a high price tag I see no reason the Wii U can’t with Nintendo’s first party line up and a much lower price.

Of course, by this point in the Wii’s early life it had already set its sights on the 3 million consoles sold mark but hey you can’t win everything!


  • heavenshitman1

    And WiiU will pick up pace too. Just a matter of time

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  • Лев Гринберг

    Yeah, right. Only WiiU had a year of being first in new generation of consoles, while PS3 had Xbox360 and Wii fighting it from the start. Totally the same situation.

    • OKJ

      So the PS3, smartphones/tablets, and Xbox 360 aren’t hampering sales at all? Sounds legit.

      • Лев Гринберг

        Guess what: there was a still alive previous generation in case of PS3 too.

        • OKJ

          I don’t understand your point. Doesn’t change the fact that they are competing with the Wii U and hampering sales as the console doesn’t have a lot of unique content at them moment.

          • Лев Гринберг

            My point is Wii U is selling as bad as PS3 while having much less direct competition. Not “not having competition at all”, mind you. But while for PS3 first year was the hardest, for WiiU the worst is yet to come.

          • ibroman

            Once they release a few more games (which they are soon) the wii u will sky rocket.

          • Лев Гринберг

            Just like N64 and GameCube?

          • bowserslovechild

            Oh, please. Like you said, it’s ALL a totally different situation now. Wii U will pick up pace, don’t be one of those souless detractors that pulls something down just because it’s ‘cool’ to do so.

          • OKJ

            Back in that day, the Playstation brand was very popular. Nowadays it’s faltered greatly in popularity. And Sony won’t be able dominate like they did back then because they’re giving Japan the finger and butting heads with Microsoft, which will allow Nintendo to sweep from the side. Also, the Nintendo fanbase is much bigger than it was during the Gamecube and N64 days and Nintendo has learned to develop software more quickly. Expect to see a plethora of games roll in during 2014 and beyond. Quit being a one minded hater.

          • Лев Гринберг

            It’s fun how fans of Nintendo just assume that everyone around them are haters. Not believing that WiiU selling million consoles as fast (or as slow) as PS3 is a good sign makes me a hater? Awesome logic! But I think there is no point in continuing this discussion after that revelation.

          • OKJ

            What you said has nothing to do with the Wii U’s prospects. And from the way you talk, no one you make your point, no one could assume you like the console. And I agree. No point in continuing the discussion. See ya around…

          • OKJ

            Whoops. I meant “seeing how you make your point”/

          • Relias

            Simple fact.. N64 and Gamecube did not have such things as Wii Fit U, Wii Party U.. and quite possibly Wii Sports U… those titles will make a huge difference when they hit the market..

          • OKJ

            What do you mean the worst has yet come? You mean the XB1 and PS4? Well, the XB1 costs $500 which will be little hard for the mass market to sink into. The PS4 is looking better, but it’s also running short on exclusives. And it’s set to not have good reception in Japan do to Sony skewing to West. And when it get down to it, those systems are more expensive. Their software libraries will also be very contrasted to the Wii U’s by the time they come out. Wii U will have plenty of games for the demographic that’s snapping up the 3DS: people who hate generic mature games. Also, PS3 and Xbox 360 are certainly direct competiton. Wii U has mostly ports right now, so it doesn’t have anything to differentiate itself at the moment. People need to ditch this mentality that consoles only compete with ones from their generation. Those PS3 and Xbox 360 will be more competition for the Wii U than PS4 and XB1. The only people who will buy the other systems at launch are rich gaming enthusiasts and fanboys. What Wii U’s headstart wil mean though is that while the competition is attempting to rev it up, Wii U will be surging into full gear with games like DKCTR, Wii Fit U, Super Mario 3D World, Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, and Monolith’s X. And those are just what we know of. Sorry pal.

          • Relias

            Your full of it when you say has less competition.. The Wii U has (Count them) 3 supported consoles still.. 4 Handhelds.. PC’s.. and a crap load more tablets, phones, etc. to compete with than the PS3 did.. The PS3 had only 3 supported handhelds.. 3 supported consoles.. and not nearly as many smart phones and tablets etc.. The PS3 also had one advantage most Sony fan boys don’t understand.. Blu Ray… at the time it was new technology.. and stores were literally giving the PS3 away with surround sound systems and TV’s in order to get rid of stock they could not sell.. and to push the Format for more movie sales.. so all things considering the Wii U when you look at all the facts is doing good… not even mentioning the economy.. and the fact that games at retail was still going upwards as a market.. while they are going down now..

  • OKJ

    The fact that the PS3 launched at a higher price can be leveled out by the fact that

    1. The Wii U didn’t get the chance to ride the Wii’s momentum the way PS3 did with PS2 because the Wii fell off before the Wii U came out.
    2. Home consoles were more popular in Japan back then than they are now.
    3. While the PS3 was more expensive back then, that gets almost completely nullified by the fact the economy was much, MUCH better back than than it is now.

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