Wii U sees rare negative sales trend in second holiday season

Most consoles have seen a sales bump in their second holiday season. The Wii U did not. Data source: NPD reports culled from various online reports.
Kyle Orland

NPD released its estimates of US console sales for December last night. While neither the tracking firm nor Nintendo released specific sales figures for the Wii U in that period, the information we do have indicates the Wii U’s sales in its second holiday season (e.g., November and December) were at or below those for its first holiday season.

NPD didn’t offer specifics, but it did note that December was the Wii U’s “highest month for unit sales thus far,” meaning it surpassed the 460,000 mark the system achieved last December. However, the Wii U also finished behind the Xbox One, PS4, and Xbox 360 for the month, meaning it sold fewer than the Xbox 360’s reported 640,000 December sales.

Putting that range together with the previously reported November data and sales data from last year, we can figure the Wii U selling anywhere from 3,000 to 210,000 fewer units in its second holiday season in the US, compared to its first, as shown in the chart above. Historically, that puts its year-to-year performance somewhere between that of the original Xbox and Gamecube, both of which languished behind the market-dominating PlayStation 2 in their console generation.

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