The Wii U had a disastrous January, selling a paltry 50,000 units in the United States this past January.
According to Gamasutra:
We’re told by someone with access to the NPD’s data that sales for January were “well under” 100,000 units. By our estimates, sales were somewhere between 45,000 and 59,000 units for the month, which is lower than any of the three previous-generation home consoles sold in their worst months, with the possible exception of a recent performance by the original Wii.
If that weren’t enough:
In instances where a game exists on both the Wii and the Wii U (Just Dance 4, NBA 2K13, Madden NFL 13, Skylanders Giants and FIFA Soccer 13), the Wii version came out on top every time. In Madden’s case, it was even outsold by the portable version for Sony’s ailing Vita handheld.
Back in the Wii’s heyday, selling 50,000 units was a bad day for the console.
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