The Switch released 18 months ago, but many of us (well, let’s be honest, a few of us) still have fond memories of the Wii U. Nintendo’s last home console originally launched in 2012 and was on shelves for less than five years before its successor launched. Today, Japanese magazine Famitsu announced that it would no longer track sales for the console in Japan. The other main Japanese sales tracker, Media Create, already stopped reporting Wii U sales last year. As a result, there will be very little Wii U sales data moving forward.
The decision is more symbolic than anything. The console was only selling a few dozen units per week, so it is not a surprise. Nevertheless, for Nintendo, this is the end of an era. Nintendo released an ample number of exclusives for the platform, including several unique third-party collaborations. Both The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 released originally on the Wii U, although many of the console’s exclusives are being re-outfitted for the Switch.
In the end
At final count, the U (that nickname never caught on, did it?) sold roughly 3.3 million units in Japan. The console had sold 13.5 million units worldwide by the end of 2016.
Although the platform itself sold poorly, several Wii U games punched above their weight when it came to sales. Mario Kart 8, the best-selling game on the platform, moved nearly 8.5 million units off store shelves, outselling almost every PS3 exclusive with the exception of The Last of Us. New Super Mario Bros. U and Super Mario 3D World both sold nearly 6 million units each. The former is getting a port to the Switch currently.
Wii U owners will forever remember the console’s famous game droughts and lack of third-party support. But, we will also remember the console’s awesome games and unique adventures. What is your favorite Wii U memory? Let us know in the comments below!
Eli buys virtually every Nintendo title that comes out but has expanded his collection to include amiibo. He hasn’t taken them out of their boxes, though, so he might be a bit insane. When not playing video games, Eli likes writing about politics and games. He also runs a decent amount. Outside.