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PS4 vs Wii U in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – February 2016 Update

PS4 vs Wii U in Japan – VGChartz Gap Charts – February 2016 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 March 2016 / 37,858 Views

The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

PS4 Vs. Wii U Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 97,309 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 472,576 – PS4

Total Lead: 599,714 – Wii U

PS4 Total Sales: 2,495,406

Wii U Total Sales: 3,095,120

In its 28th month on sale in Japan the PlayStation 4 gained 97,309 units on the Wii U. The Wii U is now 599,714 units ahead of the PlayStation 4. As the above chart shows, other than the most recent month, the PlayStation 4 is gradually but consistently closing the gap. The PlayStation 4 has sold 2.50 million units, while the Wii U has sold 3.10 million units.

The Wii U launched in Japan on December 8th, 2012, while the PlayStation 4 launched on February 22nd, 2014.


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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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LesserAmygdala (on 21 March 2016)

It's a given that PS4 will outsell the Wii U by the end of this year given the big gap in difference between their weekly sales and how many big Japanese games PS4 is getting this year.

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Shadow1980 (on 22 March 2016)

The PS4 had a rough start. Not only did it release early in the year and thus hit baseline sales more quickly after launch than a system released during the holidays would, but its baseline in general in 2014 wasn't anything to write home about, selling under 10,000 units per week on average from May through October. But in 2015 it rebounded quite a bit; for the first three quarters of the year it averaged over 20k per week, and after getting its first price cut at the beginning of Q4, it started doing even better. Through the first ten weeks of 2016 it has averaged about 29k per week without any really big system-sellers. After a little over two years on the market, the PS4 has sold about 21% more units than the Wii U did in the same time span. If anything, this scenario should illustrate why overly simplistic comparisons of the "System A sold x% what System B sold" don't tell us much about future performance if we're just talking about sales in the earliest weeks and months. Many commentators latched on the PS4 having weaker sales than the Wii U in those early months, but here we are now with the PS4 doing substantially better than the Wii U did in the same point in its life and the LTD gap rapidly narrowing. The Wii U is likely past its peak now in Japan after rebounding a good bit in 2015, but the NX could potentially shake up the Japanese charts a good bit, depending on what kind of system it is.

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KLAMarine (on 21 March 2016)

I've been hearing about WiiU shortages in Japan so this gap will likely close eventually. In a related story, I've heard the WiiU gamepad has been put on sale alone without a console in Japan. NX-related functionality perhaps?

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SuperNintend0rk KLAMarine (on 21 March 2016)

I've heard about the shortages too and I don't understand why Nintendo wouldn't ship more consoles if there's unsatisfied demand there...

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MortienGerrux (on 21 March 2016)

People get a WiiU instead, because PC Gaming is quite big in Asia.

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bartkuz MortienGerrux (on 21 March 2016)

Not in Japan it isn't

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