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Unconfirmed - Wii U breaks a million in Japan, does so in roughly the same time PS3 did

We don't have the 100% official numbers, so we're working with unconfirmed data at the moment. With that said, we're seeing that the Wii U has hit one million units sold in Japan, which would mean it achieved that goal at about the same time it took the PS3 to sell its first million in Japan. We'll try to get some concrete numbers soon.

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24 Jul 2013 14:18

"Unconfirmed " You post Media Create numbers every week and you posted them today just go back 3-4 pages and see for yourself
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24 Jul 2013 14:30

NMHRULES wrote:"Unconfirmed " You post Media Create numbers every week and you posted them today just go back 3-4 pages and see for yourself



You are right. Perhaps the unconfirmed part is that it's in the same amount of time roughly as the PS3?
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24 Jul 2013 14:32

This doesn't surprise me. Once the games start coming the system is going to start selling very well. It works like this with all systems. I have a feeling a year from now Wii U will be in a similar situation that the 3DS is in, especially considering all the independent games and kickstarter projects that are in the works for the system.
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24 Jul 2013 14:37

nGen wrote:
NMHRULES wrote:"Unconfirmed " You post Media Create numbers every week and you posted them today just go back 3-4 pages and see for yourself



You are right. Perhaps the unconfirmed part is that it's in the same amount of time roughly as the PS3?


Media Create numbers aren't official. There will be discrepancies in the numbers, and heck, it isn't even the only tracking service in Japan. Famitsu also tracks weekly, and their figures are different than MC.
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24 Jul 2013 14:55

Doing the same numbers as launch PS3 is not something to celebrate... The PS3 had a dismal launch, remember?

It's a nice sign, though... Hopefully things turn around and the Wii U climbs up to a higher position in the sales charts so third party developers might take notice.
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24 Jul 2013 15:02

gojiguy wrote:Doing the same numbers as launch PS3 is not something to celebrate... The PS3 had a dismal launch, remember?

It's a nice sign, though... Hopefully things turn around and the Wii U climbs up to a higher position in the sales charts so third party developers might take notice.


I think that's the point. The PS3 started slowly but ended up fairly successful, which is something apparently completely out of the cards for Nintendo with Wii U.
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24 Jul 2013 15:05

solarisdeschain wrote:
gojiguy wrote:Doing the same numbers as launch PS3 is not something to celebrate... The PS3 had a dismal launch, remember?

It's a nice sign, though... Hopefully things turn around and the Wii U climbs up to a higher position in the sales charts so third party developers might take notice.


I think that's the point. The PS3 started slowly but ended up fairly successful, which is something apparently completely out of the cards for Nintendo with Wii U.


That's because, as usual, Nintendo has to do so much more to have done something good. While Sony only have to say 'Here! to lent games to someone', and the PS4 is a success forever.
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24 Jul 2013 15:07

gbpackers31 wrote:
nGen wrote:
NMHRULES wrote:"Unconfirmed " You post Media Create numbers every week and you posted them today just go back 3-4 pages and see for yourself


You are right. Perhaps the unconfirmed part is that it's in the same amount of time roughly as the PS3?


Media Create numbers aren't official. There will be discrepancies in the numbers, and heck, it isn't even the only tracking service in Japan. Famitsu also tracks weekly, and their figures are different than MC.


The only "official" numbers are the ones coming from the companies, and these numbers we don't get, so yeah, we need to rely on Media Create, shich is very well known real company. This is not Vgchartz who just take the numbers from their own... You know what.

The numbers are different from Famitsu? Yeah, of course they're, they're two different companies... But there are a big difference between the two? No, they're always almost the same.

Also, if there is a problem with the numbers, it is because they counted LESS than what the real numbers are and not more...

So, it's safe to say that news is 100% confirmed.
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24 Jul 2013 15:38

so basicly the Wii U isn't as doomed as the morons out there would have you believe? Figured as much...
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24 Jul 2013 16:01

It doesn't matter what you show. In some peoples' minds, Nintendo is just always doomed and always has to prove something to them. Even the Wii, which was wildly successful and had a ton of great games, is a total failure in peoples' eyes. Nintendo will never win with these people. The beauty of it? They don't have to get those peoples' approval to be successful... clearly.
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24 Jul 2013 16:28

andrelol3 wrote:
The only "official" numbers are the ones coming from the companies, and these numbers we don't get, so yeah, we need to rely on Media Create, shich is very well known real company. This is not Vgchartz who just take the numbers from their own... You know what.

The numbers are different from Famitsu? Yeah, of course they're, they're two different companies... But there are a big difference between the two? No, they're always almost the same.

Also, if there is a problem with the numbers, it is because they counted LESS than what the real numbers are and not more...

So, it's safe to say that news is 100% confirmed.


I know, I'm just saying that's what makes this unconfirmed because it's not official. Both Media Create and Famitsu are reliable sources, but they don't always agree on numbers. Sometimes figures are lower for one console, sometimes they are higher, so you can't automatically take one as fact, just that they're going to be close to the actual figure.

Either way, yeah, it's over 1 million now, but the number MC presents is certainly not 100% accurate, just really close.
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24 Jul 2013 16:36

I am hpeful to hear the Wii U is as doomed as the ps3 once was in Japan, especially because I am certain the sales will peak up in the following months as Nintendo is finally doing its job and releasing their unmatched titles.
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24 Jul 2013 16:38

But didn't Sony not allot many units too Japan for awhile after launch? This might not be as good as it sounds (even though it doesn't sound fantastic anyway).
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24 Jul 2013 16:44

Well then, it should pass the 360's lifetime total in Japan soon. :-p
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24 Jul 2013 16:52

hydeks wrote:so basicly the Wii U isn't as doomed as the morons out there would have you believe? Figured as much...

It will be undoomed when it starts tracking ahead of the Cube.
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24 Jul 2013 16:54

Again, I don't see how comparing to the PS3's horrible launch sales is anything to celebrate about... At least one verion of the WiiU is considerably cheaper than the PS3 at launch and it still struggling to sell as much.

Looking at it now, I find it hard to belive that any console (Sony, MS and Nintendo) could have a worse launch than the PS3 did.
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24 Jul 2013 17:04

Slow but steady.
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24 Jul 2013 17:10

@Waynebrizzle This.

And this is the same immature group that revered the 'Casual' gamer label, and hurled venom towards anyone who liked such branded games. They wanted the Wii U to be a power clone of the PS4/Xbone - yet obviously struggle with seeing Nintendo as anything but 'the kiddy games company'.

AKA they wanted to be pandered to, but excuse after excuse would see that they'd never support a Nintendo system anyway.

Nintendo goes after Everyone, not a vocal minority.
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24 Jul 2013 17:15

Well... to be fair... Wii U's initial sales were much higher, acting as a buffer for future sales.
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24 Jul 2013 17:22

@gojiguy

That's what I was thinking, too. The PS3 had a pretty rough start and was still able to turn things around and become a competent, well-rounded system. Let's hope we see the same for WiiU.
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24 Jul 2013 17:22

andrelol3 wrote:

The only "official" numbers are the ones coming from the companies, and these numbers we don't get, so yeah, we need to rely on Media Create, shich is very well known real company. This is not Vgchartz who just take the numbers from their own... You know what.

The numbers are different from Famitsu? Yeah, of course they're, they're two different companies... But there are a big difference between the two? No, they're always almost the same.

Also, if there is a problem with the numbers, it is because they counted LESS than what the real numbers are and not more...

So, it's safe to say that news is 100% confirmed.


You cant say it is 100% official, when the numbers are not 100% accurate. Reading GAF earlier, and they were saying that according to the more accurate source of Japan sales( I'm assuming Famitsu) that they were still reporting under 1 million. That is why this is "unconfirmed"

Anyways. at this time of writing it could most likely be over a million. And certainly will be by next week. but it aint 100% official.
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24 Jul 2013 17:25

Hawk wrote:@gojiguy

That's what I was thinking, too. The PS3 had a pretty rough start and was still able to turn things around and become a competent, well-rounded system. Let's hope we see the same for WiiU.



well it could still turn around, but looking at more variables in the ps3 wii u comparison paints a more grim picture. As 3rd parties never abandoned ps3 when it was rough. Even though launch was really rough, all the devs continued support and pushed through to get it where it is today. That is not so with wii u, unfortunately.

Third parties are just perpetuating a self fulfilling prophecy.
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24 Jul 2013 18:19

On that same note, though, Sony didn't have as strong a first/second party to fall back on. While PS3 may have had third-party, Nintendo has first and second party. Once Nintendo pushes the system sales some third parties are likely to come back.

Either way, it's not surprising they are selling similar out of the gate since both are expensive for their respective launch times and neither had tons of games to sell the system right away.
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25 Jul 2013 05:06

22199+8251+7060+5329+5983+6330+6680+5648+6037+7974+13173+8262+8798+
9984+14783+22829+11398+9539+9454+10021+9633+10744+12959+13746+16654+
20715+67083+122843+126916+308142=909167

If it keeps the momentum it's gained it'll still take another month to hit 1m sales, but if sales fall back below 10k/week it could take as long as 10 weeks.

The PS3 launched against stiff competition from the Wii and the existing Xbox 360, both of which were several hundred dollars cheaper. The majority of Wii U sales were also during the launch month. The first month sales alone account for about 65% of the sales in Japan to date.

I'm glad it seems they're going to hit their stride soon, but doing as good as (or even slightly worse than) the PS3 did at launch isn't an accomplishment. Sony had to cut the consoles price by about $200 and remove half the features before it caught on. Nintendo is barely making a profit as is. They really need those software sales to help them out long term.
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27 Jul 2013 16:37

According to Famitsu it reached 955.693 units sold before July, it probably did reach 1mil during the month if those numbers are accurate (it did around 27k on Pikmin 3 launch)

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