Nintendo quietly added numbers into this morning's press release for a new ZombiU Deluxe Wii U bundle (which you can read at the base of this post). The Wii U has now sold 3 million units worldwide after three months at retail. Nintendo has also sold 11 million software units globally.
How does that compare with the previous console generation's sales? The Wii sold 4.6 million units after three months at retail, the Xbox 360 sold 1.8 million units after three months at retail and the PlayStation 3 sold 1.76 million units after three months at retail. Here's that breakdown in visual form.
The main difference between the Wii U and the Xbox 360 and original Wii was that after three months at retail, the Wii U is abundantly available. Both the Wii and the Xbox 360 had hardware shortages. The PlayStation 3 did not suffer the same shortages, but was priced too high to move as well as it could have.
Nintendo is likely to see this momentum drop significantly in the next several months as the launch lineup almost completely dries up. However, I expect sales will recover from the asbense of software once Nintendo's banner first party titles come to market.
Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 and the HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker have all been confirmed for this year. Nintendo is set to unveil Smash Brothers for Wii U at E3, and they recently announced that new Mario, Mario Kart, Yoshi and Zelda titles are in development.
Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse with the New ZombiU Deluxe Set
Feb. 8, 2013
REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 8, 2013 – On Feb. 17, Nintendo will release a new Wii U bundle in the U.S. and Canada that is an unbelievable value for fans. The Wii U ZombiU Deluxe Set comes with all the contents of the standard Wii U Deluxe Set, plus the addition of the ZombiU game, a black Wii U Pro Controller and a collectible booklet featuring artwork from the game and never-before-seen developer commentary. Nintendo Land will also be included as a downloadable game, rather than a packed-in disc. The jam-packed ZombiU Deluxe Set will be available at a suggested retail price of $389.99, a savings of $70 if all items were purchased separately.
In addition, people who purchase this bundle are automatically enrolled in the Digital Deluxe Promotion, a program that allows Wii U owners to receive 10 percent back in points for each download they purchase in the Nintendo eShop. These points can then be used for future Nintendo eShop purchases.
Created by Ubisoft, ZombiU is a survival-horror, first-person shooter game that puts players in the shoes of a human survivor in the middle of a terrifying plague that has infected modern-day London and turned everyone into flesh-eating zombies. ZombiU continues to be well-received by audiences and features second-screen game play that uses the Wii U GamePad controller to manage items or scan for hidden secrets in real time.
The Wii U Pro Controller is compatible with many games on Wii U. In ZombiU, it can be used by another player for local multiplayer matchups. It sports an ergonomic design and is more akin to a traditional video game controller, complete with dual analog sticks.
Wii U is the revolutionary new console from Nintendo that launched on Nov. 18. Since launch, Wii U has sold more than 3 million systems worldwide, as well as more than 11 million software units. Featuring a unique second screen on the GamePad, Wii U is the home to the largest launch library in Nintendo history, including games like New Super Mario Bros. U and SiNG PARTY from Nintendo, and Assassin's Creed III and Just Dance 4 from Ubisoft.Upcoming games like LEGO City Undercover, Pikmin 3 and Wii Fit U demonstrate that Wii U has something for every type of player.