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Don’t Say It Too Loud, But PS5 Has Outsold Wii U In A Year

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Despite only being available for just over a year, Sony’s PlayStation 5 has outsold the Wii U.

The PS5 sold in 17.3 million units as of December 31st, 2021. It launched in November 2020. The Wii U, which launched in 2012, has sold 13.56 million as of December 31st, 2019.

None of this will be particularly shocking to anyone who has followed the fortunes of both machines – the Wii U is one of Nintendo’s most notable flops, while the PS5 is selling like hotcakes – but it’s still remarkable that Sony’s machine has managed to outsell Nintendo’s (and then some) in just over a year.

However, it’s worth noting that 20.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold in the same timeframe and that the PS5 has been held back by the ongoing chip shortage.

We’re not sure anyone at Nintendo will be losing sleep over this news, however. The Wii U isn’t Nintendo’s current system – that’s the Switch, which was 2021’s best-selling console in Japan, North America and Europe.



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