It is no secret that Nintendo’s Wii U has struggled to find its balance. The Japanese gaming console has been the slowest selling console in the company’s history. However recent sales figures have brought a bit of good news. The Wii U’s home country, Japan has seen a surge of popularity these pasts few months.
Sales figures released by Media Create, a Japanese data research firm, has confirmed that Nintendo has sold 2,508,312 units in Japan since it’s November 2012 release. From last November until the present day, Nintendo has sold an impressive 500,000 Wii U’s.
In comparison, Sony’s PS4 has sold a respectable number of units in Japan — estimated to be 1.6 million consoles. As these Japanese consoles continue to enjoy great success in their native country, the American originated Xbox One struggled to even make a dent in the market there. The Xbox One has sold roughly 50,000 — 10 times less than the Wii U has sold there in just the last year.
The Wii U console is still struggling in the global market with even its creators not speaking to highly of it, waiting for it to make a similar turnaround
“…this system and this approach didn’t mesh well with the period in which we released it.” – Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director of Nintendo
Can this turnaround in Japan lead the Wii U to a comeback? Or will Nintendo’s in-development “NX” console keep consumers holding off?