Wii U Sales: Nintendo Needs 8 Million Units Sold to Reach 9 Million Goal by March

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By Justin Sarachik , Christian Post Reporter
December 14, 2013|8:59 pm

Nintendo's Wii U would have to sell around two million consoles a month for the company to reach its goal of having nine million units sold in a fiscal year, April 2013 through March 31 2014.

The goal is highly unlikely being that the Wii U has sold approximately 4.3 million consoles worldwide since its launch over a year ago. Wii U is on the rise in the U.S. as Nintendo's latest numbers indicate the console's sales rose by 340% in the month of November, but that boost still is not enough.

Super Mario World 3D was a big help in those extra sold consoles as NPD Group revealed that the game sold 215,000 units in its first eight days.

Wii U is only expected to sell about 25 percent as well as its predecessor the Wii, and will most likely remain a system that will find its success in first party games.

DFC Intelligence reported these findings to IGN when, they said the Wii U "is expected to be mainly a system for Nintendo first-party software," and "sales [are] anticipated to be only about a quarter of the Wii."

The Wii just sold its 100 millionth console, and the Wii U is expected to only do slightly better than the Wii's predecessor, the Gamecube, which sold 22 million.

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"Wii U has become a game console only for Nintendo fans," Eiji Maeda of SMBC Nikko Securities said. "Wii U needs groundbreaking software to draw casual and hardcore gamers."

Their latest titles have included Super Mario 3D World, Wii Fit U, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD remake. Coming later this month is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Early next year gamers can expect Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros 4, and perhaps Zelda Wii U.

"This holiday season, Nintendo is offering an unparalleled combination of value and variety," said Nintendo of America executive Scott Moffitt according to DigitalSpy. "In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalog is stronger than ever."

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