According to NPD numbers, the Wii U accounted for only 10% of current generation console sales in April. The Wii U apparently sold only 43,000 units, while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sold 187,000 and 175,000 units respectively. This comes on the heels of Ubisoft, who has supported the Wii U graciously, stating that only 1% of their total game sales came from Wii U.

All Nintendo had to say was that the sales numbers were up 15% from last April for the Wii U. While the system is putting up decent numbers in Japan, it continues to struggle in the non-holiday season in North America.

Will Splatoon turn it around for Nintendo? The game releases on May 29th to much anticipation, especially in North America. Hopefully, we will also see something great lined up for the Wii U at E3 as well. Only time will tell. For all things Wii U, and its potential summer savior Splatoon, stay tuned to Gamespresso.

  • Gerry Young

    Bought a wii u two months ago. Worst system ever. the way the game pad works with the console is poorly designed.

    • nick

      What are you talking about. Sure you haven’t got the wii and not the u

      • Gerry Young

        Ya I’m pretty sure I know what system I went out and purchased….

        • BIGCHIEF

          Pretty sure you’re a troll…how is it poorly designed? Works great at MY house.

          • Gerry Young

            Not a troll but if you wanna argue. 375000 people would argue the other systems are better.since nintendo systems are designed for kids…..only one kid can use the gamepad other kids need to use the wii remotes. Causes arguments amongst little ones. Second. who want to switch between two controls for everything they do. It’s annoying enough that the same controller must be used in two different hand positions. Plus I had to take back the first one I bought because the gamepad wouldn’t communicate with the console from more than about 5 feet away. The second one I bought at least works better. Glad to hear it works perfectly at YOUR house.

            • dcj91x

              “since nintendo systems are designed for kids”, this shows tjat you are a troll and know nothing about gaming.

              • Gerry Young

                I would say the opposite. Ive been gaming for over 30 years. Your the troll. Would you say Xbox one or ps3 are more geared towards kids? Obviously you are a troll and know nothing about gaming.

                • SkullScience

                  Nintendo systems are not “designed for kids”.. like you I have been gaming for well over 30 years. I collect hardware, own all 8th,7th and 6th gen.. a great deal more going back to late 70’s. Although I am a PC gamer in the main I also regularly play on Wii U.. it has some truly excellent games.

                  To have that blinkered view of Nintendo show a certain ignorance, irrelevant of what your personal opinion of Wii U is. Nintendo have always had the raison d’etre of the family… not kids… a significant difference. They make hardware and software that children can enjoy and that will give adult gamers a significant challenge. I would say that PS4/XB1 do not cover that market at all.

                  Look at some of the Nintendo exclusives, or initial exclusives, on Wii and Wii U.. adult games such as Zombi U, Bayonetta 2, No More Heroes franchise, Mad World, House of the Dead Overkill, The Devils Third.. these are just exclusives.. they recieved a great many multi-plat 18-rated games. Some people just see the image and do not have the ability to see past.

                  You are simply focusing on the lower end of the age demographic and, because Sony/Ms do not cater for that lower end, are stereotyping Nintendo as a result. I could argue that XB1/PS4 cater significantly for late teens, as displayed in the hormone pumping ad campaigns (models, big guns, explosions)… all designed to stimulate the hormones of a late teen to pester the parents for their wallets!! Yet this is not necessarily who the systems are “designed” for.

                  Having owned all 8th gen since launch I can honestly say the Wii U has never let me down, has some of the best games of this generation thus far. I have never had any issues with the gamepad. There are alternatives in terms of the pro-controller, which is excellent.. in terms of the only one person using the gamepad… how can this be an issue if the games are designed for such? A little research helps… but then… as a gamer for 30 years you should know that… right?

                  • Gerry Young

                    It’s not the center of my world.

    • Andy24

      I wouldn’t say that to be honest, but the console was poorly marketed and the gamepad hasn’t significantly contributed to any gameplay features aside from Pikmin 3 and perhaps Splatoon. Even with that I thoroughly enjoy the console, it reminds me of the Gamecube and Dreamcast. Both consoles that undersold but had superb software.

      Unfortunately, hardware-wise all consoles are a bit underwhelming and that’s why for 3rd party titles I stick to PC. What matters is the exclusives, a front Nintendo usually has covered. Sony has only recently started to improve that while Microsoft as usual is behind when it comes to exclusives.

      As a side note, I’m genuinely surprised the gamepad has given you issues since personally I haven’t had problems with it. Plus during the console release in 2012 it was well documented how impressive the signal was between the console and the gamepad. I think it’s a comfortable controller, wouldn’t call it the best (far from it to be honest); still it’s very cool for games like Wind Waker HD and the recently released Affordable Space Adventures. What games have given you trouble with these ‘different’ hand positions since aside from Nintendo Land I can’t think of another one. More importantly, how’s that any different from the controller options on the Wii or the need of odd peripherals for some SNES games?

    • Johnny D.

      Obviously posted by a plant for Microsoft or Sony. Trolls like this tool are a dime a dozen.

  • Robert Martella

    Be numbers from Sony. Everyone knows this already. Stop inflating the lie Sony and Sony paid affiliates are shoving down consumers throats. Sony is advertising retailer sales, not consumer sales. If they WERE, wed see more than 14m ps4s having been updated from factory. How can there be 7+ million consoles out there NOT being used to play games, stream or for that matter ever using the internet? That hilarious if you can believe it.

  • Robert Martella

    BS numbers from Sony. Everyone knows this already. Stop inflating the lie Sony and Sony paid affiliates are shoving down consumers throats. Sony is advertising retailer sales, not consumer sales. If they WERE, wed see more than 14m ps4s having been updated from factory. How can there be 7+ million consoles out there NOT being used to play games, stream or for that matter ever using the internet? Thats hilarious if you can believe it.

    • Johnny D.

      ^nailed it^

  • Ana Helušić

    PS4 WINSSS

  • it may have terible sales, but it’s more useful in many ways than the other consoles does.

  • Uchechi Edmond

    Does it look like other people can watch tv while you play on your PS4 Or your XBOX1?
    Clearly i think Wii u is the Perfect system for Both Children And Adults. I’m pretty sure Splatoon is going to raise the sales for the Wii u

  • Andy24

    Kinda sad but not surprising. Esoteric hardware, issues with the fanbase and poor marketing affected the console. Despite that, the Wii U reminds me of the GCN and the Dreamcast, another underrated console with superb software.

  • Johnny D.

    Wow, that’s really interesting except that Nintendo isn’t in a console war with anyone. They are catering to a fanbase that will continue to buy their products regardless of the latest iteration of Call of Duty or any other rehashed POS on 10 different platforms.

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