Nintendo's great Wii U sales last year overshadowed by spectacular sales of Amiibo figures

The appeal of cute figurines apparently is just too hard to beat
Nintendo's great Wii U sales last year overshadowed by sales of Amiibo figures

Nintendo had a great Christmas season last year, saying it hit new Wii U sales records for both hardware and software. A 29 per cent (hardware) and 75 per cent (software) improvement over 2013 is a great New Year's gift indeed. The Nintendo 3DS also had its best month ever but one highlight of Nintendo's year was the sale of its cute amiibo figurines of popular Nintendo characters.

"Total sales of amiibo figures in 2014 are nearly twice the sales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U."

The power of cute compells you

Nintendo's great Wii U sales last year overshadowed by sales of Amiibo figures

What's the deal with amiibos anyway? If you haven't heard, they're not just ornaments for your dashboard - the little figures also interact with Wii U games, adding a new dimension to the Wii U gaming experience. Nintendo also announced that some figures would be discontinued so expect a mad scramble for them on eBay.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS had a good year, selling over 2 million copies both physical and digital. That's only slightly less than the 2.6 million combined units Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire managed in their first six weeks.

For 2015, Nintendo's launching new titles namely Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and Mario Party 10.  There'll also be a new Nintendo 3DS XL for the US, which will also see the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D.

It's good to see Nintendo still alive and kicking despite the onslaught of mobile games. So don't hold out for a Pokemon port to mobile anytime soon, now.

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[Source: Nintendo via Engadget]