Wii U Tops 7 Million Sold Worldwide - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 30 August 2014 / 17,315 Views

The Wii U, the first eighth generation home console released, has sold more than seven million units worldwide. This figure makes it the second bestselling console, behind the PlayStation 4 and ahead of the Xbox One. It has taken the Wii U 21 months to reach this milestone.

Sales for the Wii U had been poor for most of the year with weekly sales of around 30,000 units for much of the year. However, since the release of Mario Kart 8 in May the console has remained above 50,000 units sold every week and has sold nearly one million units in three months.

There has been seven games that have sold more than one million units for the Wii U and more than 28 million games sold at retail. The bestselling game is New Super Mario Bros. U which has sold 4.18 million units. Nintendo Land has sold 3.10 million units, Mario Kart 8 2.58 million units, Super Mario 3D World 2.23 million units, New Super Luigi U 1.70 million units, Wii Party U 1.34 million units, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD 1.04 million units.


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 and Twitch 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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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WagnerPaiva (on 30 August 2014)

i helped, bought one last week.

FujiokaMidori (on 01 September 2014)

Got mine about a month ago.

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stlwtng4Dmdrxip (on 30 August 2014)

Finally a shift in a positive direction, but smash will be the game to determine the future success of the wiiU.

garretslarrity (on 30 August 2014)

Looks like Mario Kart 8 really did shift the baseline. Permanently.

PATRIOT7GAMING (on 31 August 2014)

Not really

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WhiteEaglePL (on 30 August 2014)

Smash Bros and Amiibo should make the baseline around 90K soon. Good news.

PikminDude123 (on 30 August 2014)

I think it'll beat Gamecube sales.

FujiokaMidori (on 01 September 2014)

Now see how XONE is left in the dust forever by both Japanese companies.

tripenfall (on 31 August 2014)

10 million by the end of the year is a possibility!!!!

DevilRising (on 31 August 2014)

Wii U has the potential for some major sales this fall/holiday season. They just need to capitalize by really pushing Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Smash, the MK8 DLC, the new bundles in the works, Amiibo, etc. They need to do this, most importantly, by having GOOD ads on TV again, especially during prime time shows, and Monday Night Football, etc.

OfficerRaichu15 (on 30 August 2014)

Good now it has a chance of getting to 10 million by the end of the year(and ill lose my bet :( )

blackmages (on 30 August 2014)

It will get to 10 million by the end of november.

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JohannStein (on 30 August 2014)

Blackmages, i think that it will reach 9 million by november

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TechnoHobbit (on 30 August 2014)


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Koylu8 (on 01 September 2014)

Wow, the Wii U has sold better than Xbox One. It was released before XONE but stil.. it's surprising.

Michael-5 (on 31 August 2014)

I can't say anything that others haven't. Just happy that WiiU is outselling XB1 now, and hopefully forever,

kdognumba1 (on 31 August 2014)

Well it seems to me that after Mario Kart 8, Nintendo has been really revving up their advertisement and push for WiiU. I mean after Mario Kart 8 they had an incredibly successful E3, the Fatal Frame reveal, the Hyrule Warriors Direct, the smash announcement, the Mario Kart DLC... (all in no specific order of course) no matter how you slice it, they're really doing much more for WiiU owners. It's great to see the sales picking up and people taking notice of the system.

Jranation (on 30 August 2014)

Wow! 6/7 of those million sellers are like party/group games. And i have 5/7 of them :-D

QUAKECore89 (on 30 August 2014)

With Wii U bundle is coming this fall, hopefully the sales should be fine.

globalisateur (on 01 September 2014)

This number is, as usual with Nintendo, only shipped.

fluky-nintendy (on 01 September 2014)

TLOU sold more lol

NickK (on 01 September 2014)

Way to Go WiiU!

Anddo (on 30 August 2014)

As long as it beats the Xbox One, I'm happy. Sony and Nintendo should always be at the top.

WebmasterX (on 31 August 2014)

Wiiu 7 m in 2 years. Xone 5 m in 9 month. Im happy when Micro, Sony and Nintendo is on the top.

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Proxy-Pie (on 30 August 2014)

Great news. Hopefully the WiiU eventually surpasses atleast the GameCube I'm sales...

Kallumsmarties (on 30 August 2014)

People don't realized that it wasn't just going to save things in a few days or weeks. Going take time and you can see it happening, things are getting better for the Wii U. Also MK8 had sold over 2.8 million so dno where that number is from lol

TechnoHobbit (on 30 August 2014)

I think the 2.8 million number was the amount of copies Nintendo shipped to retail, not sold to consumer.

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TechnoHobbit (on 31 August 2014)

I double checked it, and yes that number is shipped. The number was given in their financial report (which you can read here: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2014/140730e.pdf) which only tells sold-in numbers (shipped to retail), not sold-through (sold to consumer).

Take that ignorant person who down-voted my comment!

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Clyde32 (on 31 August 2014)

I'm glad they are getting more bundles out there.

ShinMitsugi (on 31 August 2014)

Whoopdie do! Nintendo fans are in such denial.

ICStats (on 30 August 2014)

Check Nintendo's shipment numbers through June with VGC numbers through June and you'll see that it's impossible.

theDX (on 30 August 2014)

Nintendo says 6.68 million shipped as of June 30. VGchartz had the Wii U at around 6.5 million on July 5. Unless you believe that there are hundreds of thousands of Wii U that remain unsold it checks out.

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ICStats (on 31 August 2014)

By comparison, Microsoft announced 5 million XB1 shipped on Apr 17. VGC has XB1 sold 4.1 Million on Apr 19. So VGC assumes 900,000 unsold XB1 and 80,000 unsold Wii U even though Wii U is stocked in more regions. Give me a break.

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OfficerRaichu15 (on 31 August 2014)

the thing is though is that retailers dont order a lot of wii us and when mario kart 8 came around demand increased a lot so it is possible it could be overtracked by 200k or less

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sepoer (on 30 August 2014)

Now i hope Nintendo realize how important is online gaming + Mario of course...

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DialgaMarine (on 31 August 2014)

I hope people will realize that this really is NOT a positive thing. 7 million consoles sold in almost 2 years on the market is abysmal, especially when you consider PS4 passed the 10 million mark in less than 9 months. Not trying to start a war, but Wii-U still isn't even doing GC numbers.

PATRIOT7GAMING (on 31 August 2014)

7 million so weak. Time to recall the wii u

ninjaman003 (on 31 August 2014)

dat xbox one do

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Seece (on 30 August 2014)

Overtracked IMO

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