The Wii U’s track record for poorer-than-expected sales grows longer after February, when only 64,000 consoles went off store shelves in the US, according to a report from NPD Group. This is a major shortfall from Nintendo’s sales projections at launch—the company thought it would sell nearly two million units per month worldwide from the beginning of January through the end of March.
The Wii U sold to the tune of 3.06 million units from its launch in November through the end of 2012, according to reports, nearly as many as the original Wii sold in the 2006 holiday season. But sales have fallen off a cliff since, with NPD citing US sales as low as 57,000 units during January.
At the end of January, Nintendo lowered its worldwide sales projections for the first quarter from 5.5 million to 4 million. If US sales are any indication, the company may not even come close to that adjusted number. According to Gamasutra, sales may have taken a hit in January when speculators who bought consoles to resell were not able to make a profit off them.
The Wii U enjoyed some time in the spotlight during the holiday season as the only new console, especially positioned next to the 6-year-old PlayStation 3 and 7-year-old Xbox 360. Now that the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s next-gen console codenamed “Durango” loom large, more consumers may sit back to see what Sony and Microsoft turn out before making a decision.
I saw from the latest update on the Japanese hardware sales thread that even the PSP (no, not PS Vita) was outselling the Wii U.
I don't think enough people realize the console isn't an addon, but a whole new thing. Well, either that, or they're waiting on games...