Nintendo's head honcho Satoru Iwata has come under fire recently from industry analyst Michael Pachter, with the analyst claiming that the executive has overstayed his welcome as an employee at Nintendo, as reported by Gamepolitics. However, Pachter must feel awfully silly given that Play.com, which is owned by Rakuten, has revealed that the Wii U has seen a sales spike of 75% in October, and the system has proven to be the most popular device amongst kids, along with the iPad, beating out the Xbox One and PS4.
PlayerEssence picked up a story from MCVUK, where Play.com's Rakuten revealed the Wii U is the most talked about holiday gift item for kids via Twitter, and that...
“The marketplace’s social media analysis surprisingly showed that the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles are trailing in second and third place respectively behind the Wii U and iPad.
As we previously reported, the Xbox One picked up the Black Friday sales victory over the PS4 and Wii U, but many feel the console did so on a fluke, given that during the time the PS4 was sold out the world around.
Of course, the Wii U could still be a hot ticket item due to many consumers and gamers alike still not being warmed to Microsoft or the Xbox One over the DRM issues the company rolled out earlier this year. Despite the DRM reversals, Microsoft has not been able to completely 180 themselves into a positive light with the public, which could further affect their sales beyond the hardcore day-one adopters.
Given that the Xbox One originally helped boost the Wii U's sales by 220% back in May, it's not unlikely that gamers who may have been on the fence or consumers getting last minute gifts decided it was just best to go with the Wii U since the PS4 has been sold out so often since its release on November 15th.
However, as noted by MCVUK, this is just Play.com's interpretation of the numbers, and while we all want to see the Wii U continue to maintain its dominance over the market, we won't know for sure how much it managed to sell in SKUs the world around until the official numbers roll in.
We do know, however, that the Wii U has seen a massive spike in sales over in Japan, thanks to rolling out a series of high quality games, such as Super Mario 3D World, which helped the console to become the top selling home console on the weekly charts.
There is one thing we know for sure: Sony is gunning hard for Nintendo; and 2014 will be an absolute battleground whether Nintendo wanted to participate in one of the most brutal console war showdowns or not.