For all the immense hype surrounding the two newest video game consoles to arrive on the market last month, the hardware that kicked off the ‘eighth generation’ has surprisingly recieved a boost in sales over the course of November despite having to contend with direct competition for the first time.
The Wii U, a product of Japanese company Nintendo (and a follow-up to the highly-successful motion-sensor breakthrough product Nintendo Wii) are reportedly celebrating a 340% sales increase in the USA for November compared with October, according to research from the NPD Group.
It was also announced by the market research company that the Nintendo’s 3DS sold around 770,000 units for November (increasing the handheld device’s ‘lifetime total’ to 10.5m in the US market), and the Wii U game Super Mario 3D World, after a launch on 22 November, sold over 215,000 copies in their short period of coverage during the month.
Nintendo of America executive Scott Moffitt said of the figures: “This holiday season, Nintendo is offering an unparalleled combination of value and variety. In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalogue is stronger than ever.”
However, the title of ‘most improved’ does not symbolise a successful month for Nintendo when compared with the Wii U’s new rivals, as both Microsoft and Sony were granted superlatives of their own from NPD’s console report, with the Xbox One marked as the ‘fastest-selling console’ of November in the country, whilst the PlayStation 4 was the ‘top-selling game system’ of the month. This one looks like it could run on and on, with Xbox One currently showing a strong level of fighting spirit: