Nintendo have just issued a press release stating that December 2014 was their strongest month so far in terms of Wii U sales. It would seem likely that the recent release of Super Smash Bros.—along with the popularity of Nintendo’s highly popular new Amiibo figurines—were largely responsible for the system’s increased success.
While exact sales figures weren’t announced, Nintendo have revealed that Wii U hardware sales have increased by 29% compared with the same period in 2013. More interestingly however, the company announced a massive 75% increase in Wii U software sales in 2014 over the previous year. Our 2014 Game of the Year Mario Kart 8 managed to sell an impressive 1.7 million units last year, while Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sold a healthy 1.3 million units in the comparatively shorter time frame since its release.
Nintendo hinted at Amiibo sales figures for 2014 too, revealing that they sold “nearly twice” as much as Super Smash Bros. on Wii U. This would indicate that somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 million Amiibo’s were sold in 2014, a number which we certainly helped contribute to. Furthermore the company showed promising numbers for the 3DS, claiming that December 2014 was also their best month so far in terms of 3DS software sales, with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, as well as Super Smash Bros. for 3DS all performing well.