Last month wasn’t a particularly good one for Wii U. According to the NPD, Nintendo’s newest home console was only able to sell 57,000 units during its first January on the market.
This figure is a significant drop from the company’s previous home console, which sold 435,000 units during the same time frame. Wii U also lagged behind the competition, most notably Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which shifted 281,000 units and was the best-selling platform last month.
Of course, it’s not entirely fair to paint Wii U’s sales in relation to other consoles; the 360 has seven years’ worth of games in its library and sits at a lower price point, making it a more enticing purchase for consumers, and the severe software drought that Wii U is currently mired in certainly isn’t doing it any favors in winning over converts. Fortunately, there are a number of great titles looming on the horizon for the system, which should help turn its fortunes around, but it’s clear that Nintendo has its work cut out for it if the company hopes to replicate some of the success it had with Wii.