Top 10 Best-Selling Wii U Games in 2016 - VGChartz
Top 10 Best-Selling Wii U Games in 2016

Top 10 Best-Selling Wii U Games in 2016 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 February 2017 / 56,428 Views

Today we take a look at the top 10 best-selling Wii U games in 2016. This series of articles will be taking a look at the top 10 best-selling games in 2016 by platform. Previously, we have looked at the Nintendo 3DSPlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

The Wii U in 2016 sold an estimated 1.53 million units, a 56 percent decrease year-over-year, to bring its lifetime sales to 13.81 million units. 16.22 million games were sold at retail on the Wii U in 2016 and has now sold 86.61 million games lifetime. The Wii U sold 598,365 units in Europe, 460,025 units in the US, and 289,001 units in Japan.


Three games for the console in 2016 managed to sell over one million units and eight games sold more than 500,000 units. Below we've compiled a list of the 10 best-selling Wii U games:

10th. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games - 0.422 Million


9th. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 0.47 million


8th. Super Mario 3D World - 0.55 million


7th. Super Mario Maker - 0.66 Million


6th. Mario Kart 8 - 0.69 Million


5th. Splatoon - 0.73 Million


4th. Paper Mario: Color Splash - 0.74 Million


3rd. Minecraft: Wii U Edition - 1.10 Million


2nd. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD - 1.16 Million


1st. Pokken Tournament - 1.26 Million


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. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Jranation (on 17 February 2017)

Didn't know Minecraft reached 1 mil! No wonder its coming to the Switch again.

Darwinianevolution (on 18 February 2017)

Minecraft could release on the Nokia N-Gage and still sell one million copies.

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darkenergy (on 18 February 2017)

Minecraft should definitely be released on the 3DS,sales for it would be huge.

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monocle_layton (on 17 February 2017)

Hurts my heart to see only three million sellers :( Hopefully Pokken doing successful means we get a Switch version with more content and better competitive scene.

Jranation (on 17 February 2017)

It probably did better than the Vita which has higher user base...........

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monocle_layton (on 18 February 2017)

Yes, it may be doing better, but it's not saying much when you're in a tough spot as well. You wouldn't look at a 60/100 on a test and say "Oh well, at least I'm not doing as bad as THAT kid with an F"

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IkePoR (on 18 February 2017)

And Nidoking? Please say we get Nidoking, Layton.

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Nuvendil (on 18 February 2017)

Yeah, Zelda missing 2016 really hurt it in all respects. But Pokken is a franchise I hope that continues. A Pokken Tournament 2 would be fantastic for Switch, honestly think this could be a great spinoff franchise.

jonathanalis (on 19 February 2017)

Still, poor timing. Just before pokemon go... Imagine few months after pokemon go and a wii U pokken bundle... Kinda wasted potential... Pokken could do much more. Hope it continues on switch.

malistix1985 (on 18 February 2017)

9 Nintendo games and 1 Microsoft game, lets hope on the switch we see more companies in a top 10, probably not :(

ship31 (on 21 February 2017)

Only three games that sold over a million copies?? Wow that's a terrible year. And one of them was a rerelease! Poor showings from Nintendo.

TK-Karma (on 19 February 2017)

I'm impressed by the sales of Twilight Princess HD, nice! I wasn't sure if it was going to break that barrier. I should really pick it up sometime too!

bonzobanana (on 18 February 2017)

The only game I bought for wii u last year was the budget release of lego city undercover and will at least equal it this year with Zelda. I can't think of any other wii u titles I want to get that I haven't got already. I can't say I'm surprised to see such old games making up a huge part of the 10 top selling titles and even a upscaled wii game doing good numbers.

Rogerioandrade (on 20 February 2017)

Pokken is a great fighting game. It should have got more attention from the "videogame media" and from WiiU owners