Top 10 in Sales - Wii: 2012 Edition

by William D'Angelo, posted on 12 February 2013 / 3,871 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 first two month of 2013 we will be looking at the 2012 sales by platform. This week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling Wii games in 2012. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling PlayStation 3 games in 2012 and the week before that the top 10 selling PSP games in 2012.

Top 10 Selling Wii Games in 2012

Looking at the top 10 bestselling Wii games in 2012, three of the titles were released during the year. Also one game was released in 2006, one in 2008, two in 2009, one in 2010, and two in 2011.

The three games released in 2012 sold a combined 8.77 million units or 37.8 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two games released in 2009 sold a combined 3.90 million units or 16.8 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two games released in 2011 sold a combined 4.18 million units or 18.0 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The top 10 bestselling Wii games sold a combined 23.22 million games in 2012. No games topped five million units sold for the year and just one sold more than four million units. The top six games sold more than two million units, while every game in the top 10 sold more than one million units.

Five games are first party, published by Nintendo and five games are third party. The third party publishers include two Ubisoft titles, two Majesco titles, and one Activision title. The five first party titles, published by Sony, sold a combined 10.75 million units or 46.3 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The two Ubisoft titles sold a combined 7.14 million units or 30.7 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Majesco titles sold a combined 3.60 million units or 15.5 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The one Activision titles sold 1.73 million units or 7.5 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Top 10 Selling Wii Games in 2012

Taking a look at the top 10 bestselling Wii games in 2012, it is easy to see how, other than the top title, sales were pretty evenly distributed. Less than one million units separate the number two game with the number 10 game.

There are three Mario titles in the top 10, Mario Party 9, Mario Kart Wii and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The three titles are for three different franchises. The three titles sold a combined 6.23 million units or 26.8 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Here are the rest of the Wii sales in 2012 outside the top 10: Nintendo sold 4.911 million Wii’s in 2012. This is a drop of 57.5 percent when compared to 2011. There were also 72.26 million games sold for the Wii in 2012. This is a 46.7 percent drop year-over-year. Also Wii sales have reached a total of 98.57 million units at the end of 2012.

13 titles sold one million or more units and 22 titles sold 500,000 or more units. 60 titles sold 200,000 or more units and 111 titles sold 100,000 or more units.

21.52 million games sold for the Wii in 2012 were first party, published by Nintendo. Ubisoft sold 11.82 million games for the Wii in 2012, Activision 6.71 million games, Majesco 4.11 million games, and Electronic Arts 3.43 million games.

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4 Comments

Gamerace (on 12 February 2013)

The staying power of Nintendo's franchises are simply amazing. I bet Sega wishes it could have a Sonic title still selling millions of copies per year, years after it released. However it's clear in 2012 Wii was coasting on nothing but dance titles and old titles. WiiU should have been out at least a year earlier if not two.


vliam (on 12 February 2013)

It could also indicate a lack of quality third-party offerings for the system.

Just sayin'


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Mnementh (on 13 February 2013)

I agree with vliam and would add: a lack of first-party offerings too. Just Dance 4 shows, that the system wasn't catching dust, but people actually play these things even in 2012. Except someone claims they bought JD4 to put away without playing.


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sethnintendo (on 12 February 2013)

My what long legs you have.


T.Rexington (on 12 February 2013)

With sales like that, you'd never know that the Wii was supposed to be a dying console. Even if you scratch off one or two games for being bundled, there would still be one or two games that fill up that spot.


ganoncrotch (on 12 February 2013)

Can expect wii software to continue in sales for some time and some of the wii games like Madworld to pick up a bit in sales since people will be picking up WiiU systems who would have not owned wii's and can now finally get the "hardcore" offerings the wii had without owning one :)