According to the latest figures, the Wii U is struggling to compete with the established consoles in terms of software sales.
CVG reports, by way of NeoGAF, that Wii U games only comprised a pitiful 1.6% of all UK software sales in January 2013. This includes pack-ins like Nintendo Land and ZombiU, which quickly disappeared from the top forty UK game charts scant weeks after the Wii U's November launch. With Rayman Legends delayed into September and slated for a multiplatform launch, these numbers paint a grim picture for Nintendo, who recently had to slash their sales expectations in the wake of a sluggish European release.
To put this figure in perspective, the Xbox 360 managed to flog 810,000 games over the month with a market share of 38.4%, while even the Vita managed to attract 2.2% of total software sales.
The Wii U certainly has some exciting titles in the offing, such as The Wonderful 101, LEGO City Undercover, Pikmin 3 and numerous first-party franchises, and we hope that Nintendo will look to capitalise on the next few months with improved advertising and some attractive bundles. Before, you know, Sony and Microsoft reveal their plans for the next generation.
Here are the January UK software sales figures in full:
- Xbox 360: 810,000 (38.4%)
- PS3: 545,000 (25.8%)
- PC: 228,000 (10.8%)
- Wii: 182,000 (8.6%)
- DS: 139,000 (6.6%)
- 3DS: 112,000 (5.3%)
- Vita: 46,000 (2.2%)
- Wii U: 34,000 (1.6%)
- PSP: 13,000 (0.6%)
- PS2: 2,000 (0.1%)