Posted By Shaun K. about 2 months ago
It has been rough going for the Wii U ever since it launched last November, but now there are finally signs of light at the end of the tunnel. The beginning of October saw a sales increase of units sold in the UK by around 685 percent thanks largely to the release of the new Wind Waker HD bundle and now it seems the good tidings started even earlier than that and covered a wider swath of the globe to boot.
According to a press release issued by Nintendo today, “Sales of Wii U hardware in September increased by more than 200 percent over sales in August, and that is with only 15 days of data being reported at the new price.” The new price mentioned in that quote is of course the price drop for the Wii U that went in effect on Sept. 20 and saw the Deluxe edition of the Wii U reduced by $50 to $299.99. Note that Nintendo has not released the actual numbers of Wii Us sold in September for us to be able to make our own comparisons. Furthermore, the NPD is apparently reporting that the Wii U saw an increase of sales of 100% on an average per-week basis when comparing September 2013 to August 2013, so it is possible that Nintendo is fudging the numbers a bit.
Still, there is no denying that the Wii saw a significant increase in sales in September. Hopefully the system can keep building momentum as it heads into the release of Sonic Lost World, Wii Party U, Wii Fit U, Super Mario 3D World, and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (a series which, quality aside, tends to be big seller). Nintendo incidentally also stated that “the Nintendo 3DS finished as the best-selling video game system in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive month.” With the monster success of Pokemon X/Y this month I expect that trend to continue through October as well. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of this and other breaking stories and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.