By Karli Winata / July 16th, 2013
Nintendo has updated their top ten best seller list of Wii U games on their website to include downloadable games in addition to retail games. Neither Microsoft nor Sony ranks their games as comprehensively as what Nintendo has done today. Virtual Console titles like Super Mario World and Mega Man X appear on the list alongside retail titles such as New Super Mario Bros. U and Injustice: Gods Among Us. The title’s rank on the list is determined by the game’s lifetime digital sales, if available digitally, combined with its lifetime retail sales provided by the NPD group.
To give the list some sense of concrete numbers, Nintendo has reported that NSMBU physical and digital sales in the U.S. combined to 770,000 back in mid May. Coming at number two, that should create a rough idea of how Wii U games fare in the U.S.
Comparing this list with that on July 5, 2013 brings out one interesting point. Every retail title on the current list other than NSMBU did not show up on the list in July 5. This can mean one of two things: Either digital sales have a far greater impact than we thought, or retail sales of Wii U games are that dismal.