Though Nintendo didn’t release official sales numbers for hardware, they did state that the Wii U sold 29% better in 2014 that in 2013.
The big games for 2014 included Mario Kart 8, selling over 1.7 million units, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, selling 1.3 million units. It is also worth noting that these units include both physical and digital sales.
Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing wrote,
“Wii U had its strongest year yet thanks to the highly anticipated software lineup and the introduction of the amiibo platform. Fans can anticipate another strong year for 2015, especially with more highly anticipated games like Splatoon and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, as well as New Nintendo 3DS XL, arriving in the first half of 2015.”
As a recent purchaser of a Wii U, I am happy to see the system be on the uptake. I am also pleasantly shocked that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sold 1.3 million units in less than 6 weeks – quite a nice accomplishment!