Top 10 in Sales - Wii U Launch - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 January 2013 / 11,407 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.

Over the next two months we will be taking a look at the sales in 2012, now that 2013 has started. For the first of these featured articles we will be looking at the new kid on the block, the Wii U. This is the first eighth generation home console to be released. Rumors have the announcement of the next PlayStation and Xbox to be around GDC in March.

Top 10 Selling Wii U Launch Games

Looking at the top 10 bestselling Wii U games in 2012, nine of the 10 games were released in November 2012 as a North American launch title. Monster Hunter Tri is the only game to only be released in Japan. It will launch in North America on March 31 of this year.

The top 10 bestselling Wii U games sold a combined 3.91 million games. Compared to the last couple of Top 10s this is tiny, but for a launch that is typical. The top 10 PlayStation 3 launch games sold 3.78 million units in 2006 and the top 10 Xbox 360 games 3.13 million units in 2005. However the Wii nearly doubled that with the top 10 launch games selling 6.82 million units back in 2006.

Two of the games are first party, published by Nintendo, and eight games are third party. The third party publishers include three Ubisoft titles, two Warner Bros., one Capcom titles, one Activision title, and one Sega title.

The two Nintendo published games sold a combined 2.72 million units or 69.6 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Ubisoft titles sold a combined 0.45 million units or 11.5 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Warner bros. titles sold a combined 0.21 million units or 5.4 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Top 10 Selling Wii U Launch Games

Taking a look at the top 10 bestselling Wii U launch games in 2012, it is extremely easy to see how two titles accounted for the majority of the sales. Nintendo Land is bundled with the Deluxe Set, while New Super Mario Bros. U is the sequel to one of the bestselling games of all time.

Here are the rest of the Wii U sales outside the top 10: Nintendo sold 2.25 million Wii U’s in 2012. To compare Nintendo sold 2.95 million Wii’s in 2005, Microsoft sold 1.18 million Xbox 360’s in 2005 and Sony sold 1.25 million PlayStation 3’s in 2006.

There were 4.53 million games sold for the Wii U in 2012, which is good for two games sold for every console. Not surprising Nintendo sold the majority of the software with 2.78 million games sold. This is good for 61.3 percent of all the games sold for the console in 2012. Ubisoft sold the second most software with 0.63 million games. Activision sold 0.29 million games and Warner Bros. 0.24 million games.

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itsyounghavok (on 14 January 2013)

pretty good if you ask me. And since this doesnt include downloaded numbers, something I dont believe the PS3 and 360 had at launch this number could be over 4 million easilly. I dont get how people can call this a failure when its beating the PS3 and 360 in the same time frame

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gigantor21 (on 14 January 2013)

I'm sure it's over 4 million because of digital, but it's impossible to know how much at this point. And I doubt it made a huge difference. I doubt many people would've gone out to buy an external drive for that when the digital prices are in line with physical prices anyway.

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itsyounghavok (on 14 January 2013)

Its moving sales faster than the other two. If thats a failure than what did people call the ps360?

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Rinslowe (on 15 January 2013)

I assume you do not own a Wii U. Having touch screens in almost every aspect of our lives, from Smartphones to Tablets to In car GPS to ATM's means having one on our controller is a no brainer in reality. Plus after five weeks of using the gamepad at least once a day, everything made more intuitive is a fact I can attest to... Hate on bro.

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Barozi (on 15 January 2013)

360 and PS3 software sales don't include European sales in this article, so expect WiiU to be below them. Also Wii is also missing a few European sales as well.

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pezus (on 17 January 2013)

It is falling behind PS3/

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Rinslowe (on 15 January 2013)

VGChartz - you're doing a solid job of providing impartial data, which the free minded individuals of gaming sorely need! Regarding Wii U, I doubt there is anyone, who cares for fact based information, believes Nintendo has a failure on their hands, actually quite the opposite. The figures speak for themselves and Wii - Wii U comparisons only count if all relevant factors are included into the overall analysis. Like economic differences between 2006 -2012 and how these differences have changed consumer spending, profitability comparisons as in which one is bringing Nintendo more joy on the bottom line and as in this article, software sales, considering software to unit sales and how that ultimately impacts the bottom line... Has anyone else noticed how many sites out there are spelling doom and gloom for Wii U by reciting Wii launch figures only? With no real explanation on why it is relevant in the first place! To top it off, these so called reputable technology sites rarely have a comment section. So the casual reader may just take what they are reading at face value without seeing other opinions...

homer (on 14 January 2013)

Well, having a nonbundled game over 1 million at launch is great and another partially bundled over a million is excellent as well.

Michael-5 (on 15 January 2013)

Yes, Wii may have had nearly 7 million games sold in the same time frame, but Wii Sports was bundled with EVERY console, giving wii a 3 million unit boost. Nintendo Land has been sold with less then 1 in 2 systems.

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Jumpin (on 15 January 2013)

We really need download numbers too. With the deluxe Wii U people will be downloading their games to collect points. It might get to the point where most sales are through download.

Araknie (on 15 January 2013)

According to VGChartz the system is already 2.52m pieces sold. How can people call this a feature when it has more than a quarter the Dreamcast sales in less than 2 months? Because this is what gaming world is now.

Michael-5 (on 15 January 2013)

You guys adjusted Black Ops 2 down. When Wii U released, and up until January 5th Data, BO2 was the 4th best selling WiiU game, and you used to have it at 15 million tied with Monster Hunter and Sonic. Still, pretty cool that Call of Duty is one of the better performing WiiU games. I hope Call of Duty 2013 does well on WiiU. I want to see Nintendo get the 3rd party support it deserves.

miqdadi (on 16 January 2013)

Nintendo had a great lunch title, that will continue selling, NSMB, as long as WII U still sells

ulieq (on 15 January 2013)

Good sales, especially for the lackluster releases.

Thechalkblock (on 15 January 2013)

I'm pleased with the rate ZombiU is selling at; I think it will only continue to sell due to word of mouth. It will definitely reach a million--mark my words.

z101 (on 15 January 2013)

It seems that third parties sell a good amount on retail and another good amount digital. Of course Nintendo games sell much more, but third party games sold good too.

chris_wing (on 15 January 2013)

The Wii came out in 2006, not 2005.

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ryuzaki57 (on 15 January 2013)

3rd parties must be depressed by looking at this. They can hardly stay on WiiU when Nintendo's monopoly on its systems is getting increasingly stronger.

Lyrikalstylez (on 15 January 2013)

Wii all over again ugh

jamesmarkus87 (on 14 January 2013)

I'm curious as to whether or not this console will outlive the underappreciated Dreamcast.

Michael-5 (on 15 January 2013)

Why wouldn't it? Dreamcast sold 8 million units lifetime, WiiU could match Wii at 100 million lol

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Rinslowe (on 15 January 2013)

This comment basically dismisses any information to the contrary. A classic example of speak first think second...

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pezus (on 17 January 2013)

There's no way WiiU matches Wii at 100m, Michael...

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VGKing (on 14 January 2013)

Nintendo games sell, 3rd parties don't. What else it new?

damoxuk (on 14 January 2013)

Zombi-U only 300k a shame. Already looks like Nintendo's first party games will be the only big sellers on the system. Maybe too early but with Real next gen around the corner and all publishers focusing on them yea a repeat I see.

S.Peelman (on 14 January 2013)

Funny thing, I just checked because of your comment; ZombiU performs exactly the same, almost to the number, as Red Steel. The most comparable game in context:

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Barozi (on 14 January 2013)

@ S.Peelman
No it's not. Red Steel doesn't have any European numbers currently. It was at 1.25m LTD not too long ago, 0.65m now so ZombiU performs at about 50-60% of Red Steel.

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plu_To (on 14 January 2013)

Zombi U is a disappointing number...would have expected more as it is the only decent "new" third party game on the system

oni-link (on 15 January 2013)

Well Zombie U has been pretty much consistent within the top 10 eShop sales chart for the Wii U. I know a couple of people who went all digital vs retail because of the 10% back on eShop purchases for the Wii U.

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FujiokaMidori (on 14 January 2013)

Nintendo Land doesn't count. Is like saying Wii Sports sold a lot, when it came with the WIi itself. Also, I have close to ZERO interest in any of those games. Bayonetta 2 or GTFO Nintendo.

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Rinslowe (on 15 January 2013)

Because you lack an interest, doesn't make it a fact. "You do understand that right?"

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think-man (on 14 January 2013)

This article was better left unwritten lol

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Rinslowe (on 15 January 2013)

If that's true then it shares a commonality with your reply to it...

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