Top 10 Selling Wii U Games in 2013 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 24 February 2014 / 11,419 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 the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature returns with a look at the top 10 selling Wii U games in 2013. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling Xbox One games in 2013, and the week before that the top 10 selling PlayStation 4 games in 2013.

Top 10 Selling Wii U Games in 2013

The Wii U launched in November 2012. There are four games that were released in 2012 and six that were released in 2013. Three of the games released in 2012 were released in November and one in December. Of the six games released in 2013 one was released in March, two in July, one in September, one in October, and one in November.

In 2013 the top 10 games sold for the Wii U sold 10.13 million units. The top game sold more than two million units and the top four sold more than one million units. The top eight titles sold more than 500,000 units and the entire top 10 sold 300,000 or more units.

When you break it down by publisher there are eight first party titles, published by Nintendo, and two third party titles. The two third party titles were published by Ubisoft and Capcom.

The eight Nintendo games sold a combined 9.5 million units or 93.8 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two third party titles sold a combined 0.63 million units, or 6.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

 Top 10 Selling Wii U Games in 2013

The top 10 selling Wii U games in 2013 as a graph shows how critical first party titles are for Nintendo, especially the Mario franchise. Three of the top four titles are for the Mario franchise, while the other game in the top four, Nintendo Land, was heavily bundled.

Side note: There were 3.23 million Wii U’s sold in 2013, with 15.12 million games sold. That would put the attach ratio at 4.68 games sold for each console sold. There were 74 games available for the console at retail.

Nintendo sold the most games for the platform with 10.15 million units. Ubisoft managed to sell 1.43 million games, Activision 0.72 million games, Warner Bros. 0.68 million games, Disney 0.41 million games, and Capcom 0.40 million games.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at

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NintendoPie (on 24 February 2014)

The drop off for the last two in that graph, though... quite big. Hopefully 2014 really improves upon this. Some things had pretty good legs, I wonder if they'll carry through to this year.

Captain_Yuri (on 24 February 2014)

Pretty good considering the install base

Adameh (on 24 February 2014)

Monster Hunter Tri is a Wii game.

ktay95 (on 24 February 2014)

Yeah but on here they never called MH3U by its proper name because they are lazy

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Rogerioandrade (on 24 February 2014)

They mean Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

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stlwtng4Dmdrxip (on 24 February 2014)

7 out of those 10 games are from Nintendo. Thats a big problem for the system.

Rogerioandrade (on 24 February 2014)

This is just about retail sales.... by this time we really need digital sales numbers. some of these titles have as much as 20 % of digital sales os even more, like Zelda

drake_tolu (on 24 February 2014)

Mhè...i hope in one good 2014. (:

Michael-5 (on 24 February 2014)

You should make a list is separate bundled sales. Super Luigi U and Wii Party U would be on the bottom then