The Wii U is proving to be a bit of a mixed bag for Nintendo, walking a thin line between doing extremely well and being an early failure. There are numbers that suggest that Nintendo’s first HD home console is a misfire, while others suggest it has been a great success.
For example, Nintendo announced today that the Wii U sold 460,000 units in the US in December; solid figures it has to be said. However, the original Wii console surpassed its predecessor by notching up 475,000 unit sales, meaning the older console sold more than the new.
The Wii U has now sold 890,000 units in the US during the 41 days it has been on the market, but news indicating the original Wii is outselling its newer, better sibling could worry Nintendo. However, the Wii U is proving to be a beast of contrast.
For every bad statistic there is a good one, such as the fact that the Wii U has made over $300 million in the US, while in the Wii had only managed $270 million at the same stage of its life. When you bear in mind the Wii was considered a huge success, these figures prove the Wii U is a revenue hit, and we suspect ultimately that is all Nintendo will worry about.