Top 10 in Sales - Wii U (2013 Update), Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U

by William D'Angelo, posted on 03 September 2013 / 18,443 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. As a note all sales figures are retail only.

This week we will be looking at the top 10 selling Wii U games (Updated through the week ending August 24 2013). Last week we looked at the top 10 selling PlayStation Vita games (Updated through the week ending August 10 2013) and the week before that the top 10 selling games in July 2013.

Top 10 Selling Wii U Games

Looking at the top 10 bestselling games for the Wii U, updated to the week ending August 24, 2013, two were released in 2013 and eight in 2012. Seven of the games released in 2012 were released in November, while the other game was released in December.

The two titles released in 2013 have sold a combined 0.89 million units or 0.45 million units on average per title.  The eight titles released in 2012 have sold a combined 6.07 units or 0.76 million units on average per title. The seven titles released in November 2012 have sold a combined 5.66 million units or 0.81 million units on average per title.

The top 10 bestselling Wii U games have sold a combined 6.96 million units. Two titles, Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U, have sold more than two million units each. No other game sold more than one million units. The top three titles have sold more than 500,000 units and the top nine have sold more than 200,000 units. The entire top 10 have sold more than 100,000 units.

Looking at sales by publisher, four of the titles are first party, published by Nintendo, while six are third party. Of the third party titles, two were published by Ubisoft, one by Capcom, one by Sega, one by Activision, and one by Warner Bros.

The four titles published by Nintendo sold a combined 5.22 million units or 75.0 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Ubisoft titles sold a combined 0.70 million units or 10.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Top 10 Selling Wii U Games

The top 10 selling Wii U games as a graph makes it easy to see how two titles, Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U, have sold well above the rest. They have each sold more than four times the third bestselling title ZombiU. The two titles have sold a combined 4.33 million units or 62.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Here are the sales outside the top 10: Nintendo has sold 3,461,900 million Wii U’s to date. There have also been 9,041,239 games sold for the Wii U.

The top 17 selling Wii U games have sold more than 100,000 units and the top 27 games sold more than 50,000 units. Also the top 41 games have sold more than 41 games.

Nintendo has sold by far the most games for the Wii U with 5.48 million games sold. This is 60.6 percent of all the games sold for the Wii U. Ubisoft is the only third party publisher to sell more than one million games for the Wii U with 1.08 million games sold. Activision has sold 506,452 games for the Wii U, Capcom 465,035 games, Warner Bros. 430,790, Sega 252,658 games, Electronic Arts 225,993 games, Disney 170,325 games, Namco Bandai 112,523 games, and Tecmo Koei 103,356 games.

Action is by far the biggest genre for the Vita with 78.4 percent of all the games sold. There have been 7.09 action games sold, 561,186 RPG games sold, 426,724 strategy games sold, 238,531 shooter games sold, and 145,957 fighting games sold.

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13 Comments

DevilRising (on 03 September 2013)

I think some folks are looking at this wrong. There's no denying the Wii U sales situation, due to the software drought, was retarded on Nintendo's part and never should have happened. But, considering it did happen, and considering where Wii U sales are right now, probably close to 4 mil at the end of Aug., the attach rate for games like Zombi U, Lego City and Monster Hunter (especially since it's a port of a Wii game), are actually rather good. Those sales for those titles alone, as well as Nintendo Land and NSMB U, will undoubtedly continue to rise with the looming price drop and Zelda bundle. As console sales rise, many of these games will prove to have legs.


Signalstar (on 03 September 2013)

This should have been proof read.


ktay95 (on 03 September 2013)

Action is by far the biggest genre for the Vita with 78.4 percent of all the games sold. There have been 7.09 action games sold, 561,186 RPG games sold, 426,724 strategy games sold, 238,531 shooter games sold, and 145,957 fighting games sold.

umm did they just mention Vita?? LOL


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Mnementh (on 03 September 2013)

"Also the top 41 games have sold more than 41 games."
@ktay: probably copy&paste from the Vita-article.


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WagnerPaiva (on 03 September 2013)

Zombie U sold pretty well, one in each 6 WiiU owners have the game, not bad at all.


RedInker (on 03 September 2013)

sadly not profitable though.


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sethnintendo (on 04 September 2013)

Eventually it might turn a profit. They could just leave it up on the eshop. However, they probably should drop the price by at least 10 now since it is I believe 59.99 on the eshop right now.


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mjo011 (on 03 September 2013)

Wish Nintendo would release numbers for digital sales. I'd guess at least the biggest games are doing well on eShop too.


DemoniOtaku (on 03 September 2013)

The last paragraph is talking about Vita!


warhammer777 (on 03 September 2013)

6 third party titles in top 10? Pretty good attach rate. But.. but.. third parties can't make money on Nintendo systems..


Sensei (on 03 September 2013)

6 third parties because NIntendo probably only made 4 games for it. haha


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z101 (on 05 September 2013)

Surprisingly good sales if some third party games. No wonder Activision gave green light for CoD:Ghost on Wii U. Of course the Nintendo games sales are much better,but some third party have good sales anyway.


ryuzaki57 (on 04 September 2013)

Still an enormous gap between Ninteno and non-Nintendo titles. No wonder 3rd parties are looking elsewhere.


RedInker (on 03 September 2013)

Damn. 180,000 is enough to get in the top ten sales. Nintendo fans, we must double ou efforts!


PigPen (on 03 September 2013)

Nintendo games sell on Nintendo consoles. Third party games sell next.


MonstaMack (on 03 September 2013)

Really depressing that the best selling third party game is still Zombie U and It's only at a half million units. Still looking forward to getting a Wii U eventually.


MANUELF (on 03 September 2013)

If you look at the vita list http://www.vgchartz.com/article/251259/top-10-in-sales-playstation-vita-2013-update-uncharted-golden-abyss/ it actually is very good vompared to time in the market and install base


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Gamerace (on 03 September 2013)

OMG. Those are abysmal for all series concerned. Reflective of WiiU's overall sales situation and actually the tie ratio is quite good for these series but actual sales.... ouch.


FujiokaMidori (on 03 September 2013)

I mean, I understand people liking Nintendo... but why do they refuse to see the system NEEDS a revival... because this is sad :C