Reggie Says PS4 And Wii U Sales Are “Pretty Close”, No Price Cuts Planned

I do like good bit of spin, it does make me chuckle, and the latest comes from from Nintendo US boss, Reggie Fils-Aime. He was asked by the Seattle Times, “Will the Wii U ever outsell the Xbox One or PlayStation 4?” to which he replied:

The dirty little secret is if you look at life-to-date numbers, between Sony and Nintendo they’d be pretty close in terms of PS4 vs. Wii U, with Xbox coming in third place. I think it’s going to be a three-horse race for the balance of this cycle.

It may be true that the Wii U and PS4 sales are similar, although other reports suggest that was the case three months ago, and Sony can’t make PlayStation 4’s fast enough so they may have pulled ahead by now.


Here in the UK both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 had zipped past the life time sales of the Wii U back in December 2013.

If we look at US Sales data, in March the PS4 had sold 655,518 consoles, 433,940 Xbox One’s and Nintendo came last with 154,227. In April, 579,850 PS4 units were sold compared Microsoft’s 335,101 Xbox One’s and 120,568 Wii U’s, and May found  577,092 PS4 consoles sold, Xbox One shifted 178,481 sales and the Wii U’s  racked up 276,396.

Now my maths may not be that good but I think anyone can see that the PlayStation 4 is massively outselling the Wii U, up to a factor of 4.2 consoles in March. Maybe Reggie needs a new calculator.

Then there is the small matter of timing, the Wii U was released in November 2012 and has a whole year head start on the PlayStation 4, comparing your life time sales to a console that has been out for under a year is a little odd.

I must also congratulate Reggie on his insight, “I think it’s going to be a three-horse race.” So Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony then, the same three horse race we’ve had since March 30th, 2001 when Sega stopped producing hardware.

Mr Fils-Amie also dashed any plans of a new Nintendo console in the near future when he was asked “Are you going to have to release a next next-generation console in a few years?”

“We don’t think so. We think that the Wii U has a long and vibrant life in front of it. What it needs are games like “Mario Kart 8” and “Super Smash Bros for Wii U” and “Splatoon” — those types of games that can really drive the installed base. We believe if we can do that effectively the Wii U has a long and robust life.”

If you were hoping for a price cut then you are also out of luck, “We don’t see a need to cut price. The product is selling with no issues.”

Source: Seattle Times



  1. I was really close to buying one, but held out for a price cut. Not paying full whack just to play Mario. Might have to get a Wii off ebay for £30 to feed my Mario hunger.

  2. I think the race is more akin to two horses and a three-legged donkey with a year’s headstart.

  3. There may be three horses, but I don’t really consider Nintendo to even be in the same race as the other two. As with the Wii, they are just doing there own thing (like Dressage, perhaps).

    I bought one not long after launch and while it hardly ever gets any use, it’s nice to whip out during a family party (or other similar gathering) as everyone can get involved and it offends no one.

    • You’re talking about your Wii U, right?

      • Lol!

      • But of course! What else could you possibly think I meant? ;)

  4. I actually caved in and bought one about 10 days ago, mario 3d world and mario kart 8 are simply incredible, zombi u isgood aswell. have barely touched my ps4 since then

    • Mario kart in particular is excellent. Had some time to kill in town on Saturday while the Mrs was doing some clothes shopping so headed over to GAME. They had a Wii-U with Mario Kart and 4 controllers hooked up. Was a lot of fun playing with randoms. Truth be told I had to leave the shop before I bought the Mario Kart bundle they had in there… lol!

  5. Man this Reggie dude is a riot. I was looking at hiring a comedian for my birthday, do you think he’ll be available?

    • He’ll be out of a job soon so probably. :-P

  6. Well I caved this morning and bought the Mario Kart pack. E3 gave me enough reasons to get one, and given the choice between a Wii U or an Xbox One to sit alongside my PS4 Nintendo easily have the better exclusive games in the next six months.

  7. As much as I love my Wii U (which is a lot after I got an external harddrive), it’s clear that it’s not going to compete with the others in salesnumbers.

    As a secondary console, it’s awesome. I bought it for Nintendos exclusive games, and I think I still use it more than my PS4.

    Oh, and if you like 60FPS, it’s the system to own. There, I said it.

  8. I mainly use my Wii U mostly for Netflix and the occasional Mario fix, other than that, I don’t use it as much as my PS3 or even my 360 or PS4, and I’m barely even on those three nowadays. What I really wanted though was GTA5 with Gamepad capabilities similar to 3DS’ GTA Chinatown Wars.

  9. The Wii U is Totally Freaking Awesome.

    “F” the other systems. They’re twice as expensive, and you have to pay extra for half of the online services, and the games suck.

    1080p, 60fps.

    Better games, more games, dual screens.

    I don’t understand all the nerdy virgins who hate on this system. It’s the best.

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