Wii U US sales down 19% month-on-month, says Pachter

Wednesday, 15th May 2013 01:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A new report from industry analyst Michael Pachter suggests sales of both Nintendo home consoles declined over the last month, although the 3DS is on the up.

Pachter estimates that 55,000 Wii U consoles were sold in the US in April, a 19% drop on March’s figures. The Wii, more predictably, is also believed to have declined, down 19% on April 2012 to 75,000 units – quite a lot more than its successor.

Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 showed stronger results, Pachter said, with the Xbox 360 managing 205,000 units sold, a 13% decline year-on-year, and the PS3 producing 165,000 sales, a 5% drop.

The 3DS, on the other hand, is going strong, with 185,000 sales, a 46% increase year-on-year.

The Vita is down 57% year-on-year, the analyst said, with just 30,000 sales. Sony has hinted that the handheld’s fortunes may soon change.

The Wedbush report arrives ahead of the NPD Group’s retail figures, which are expected this week.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. Sini

    wii without casuals

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Kabby

    Or games.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    3DS On the other hand is a crappy machine, but it’s full of games. good ones.

    Vita on the other hand is a fantastic hardware but there are no games. No games. Nothing.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ps3fanboy

    as expected the wii-utanic is on its way down, you cant float forever on mario.

    #4 2 years ago

    Were there US price drops, or was that just in the UK?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ahmadkb

    new smash will cover every lost. :D

    #6 2 years ago
  7. BrutalZen

    Don’t care about the WiiU. It’s destined to fail. The PS Vita on the other hand looks to have potential when combined with the PS4. So, here’s hoping it will find a rebirth with the PS4 launch.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Rockin a Jack D

    The system is a failure right out the box. Nintendo should write the console off and go back to the drawing board.

    A Nintendo branded SteamBox where i could download my PC games and Nintendo titles would be something, plus it would sort out Nintendo’s pathetic online infrastructure.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. monkees19

    @3 You’ve obviously never even a 3DS. Because if you have you would know it is a wonderful piece of hardware with (finally) a plethora of games to play. I do feel the Vita is a nice piece of hardware as well but it’s hard to sell a piece of hardware without any good games to play.

    On the article, I pretty much ignore what Pachter has to say. His “estimates” are not even loosely based on facts and I’ve never actually read anything that he’s ever said that was even close to being right. Who is even asking him anything anymore?

    #9 2 years ago

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