Forums - Nintendo Discussion - GameStop alone sold 320k Wii U consoles. They say the launch was successful

In the six weeks between the console's launch and the end of the year, the Wii U sold 320,000 units through Gamestop, the retailer has revealed in its year-end sales report.

The retailer has called this a successful launch, although its overall holiday-period sales were down on last year. Bear in mind that number is only from one retailer, but as it is a retailer with huge reach in the US and Australia, it's an important number nonetheless. Nintendo announced total week-one US sales figures of 425,000 for the Wii U, but has released no further numbers.

In Japan, where the console launched on December 5th, the Wii U has sold just over 638,000 units so far, according to Media Create's independent data. European sales figures are still a mystery.

Overall, it looks like the Wii U sales figures worldwide are actually pretty good, though not quite as good as Nintendo was hoping for (and still slightly behind the Wii at this point in the console's life cycle). If you ask me, taking European figures into account and estimating the console's likely December sales, the total figure might be nudging towards 3 million - but that's just a guess. We're working on an in-depth analysis of the Wii U launch, and hope to be able to show you exactly how well it's stacking up against the competition very soon indeed.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/08/wii-u-sales-actually-look-pretty-good



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One third of US sales?

Well obviously it was successful for them since 75% of their stores are located in North America and we know that the WiiU had a good launch there.

It failed to offset declines in the Wii/PS3/360 sales. Not as successful as most people hoped.

Also lol at IGN and their overly optimistic EU sales predictions.

Wow, it's so....peaceful and quiet in here. Anyway, I don't think Wii U numbers are undertracked, at least not by much. How big is Gamestop compared to stores like best buy or the videogame part of amazon? I would guess it's pretty big.

 

 

Yeah, why did the Wii U not offset the decline of 3-4 consoles? What a fricken bust.



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This thread is lacking something...

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Okay, let's get this started properly.


I thought Gamestop had 500,000 WiiU preorders? They only sold 320,000 total since launch?

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650k in Japan
320k in Gamestop only... X3 for rest of stores = 1M for US/AUS
Then a few hundred thousand more for Canada and EU... easily hits the 2.5m VGC estimates.



Euphoria14 said:
Okay, let's get this started properly.


I thought Gamestop had 500,000 WiiU preorders? They only sold 320,000 total since launch?


If It's anything like Wal-Mart we had a lot of canceled pre-orders because of re-sellers who were hoping it would sell for 2x the amount on eBay. I don't think 180,000 people were looking into re-selling but I can bet at least half of them would. The re-seller/fleabay market is pretty big in the US.

 

To credit Nintendo they did a helluva job knowing the exact demand for the Wii U because the shelves are full. I hope to God this is the same when the PS4/720 are out so companies don't let the flippers beat them again.



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MonstaMack said:
Euphoria14 said:
Okay, let's get this started properly.


I thought Gamestop had 500,000 WiiU preorders? They only sold 320,000 total since launch?

To credit Nintendo they did a helluva job knowing the exact demand for the Wii U because the shelves are full. I hope to God this is the same when the PS4/720 are out so companies don't let the flippers beat them again.

Nintendo did say they didn't want a Wii situation all over again, so they shipped more consoles this time around. I have the feeling both the 720 and PS4 will have lower shipped consoles when they launch.



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