Only 10,000 Wii U Consoles Sold In Europe Since March
Nintendo has posted their latest quarterly financial results, which indicates a slight drop in sales and revenue, but otherwise a healthy and profitable situation. However, they're having to rely on the 3DS and its big hitters to buoy up some truly miserable Wii U figures.
First off: the boring bit with all the impossibly huge numbers. Nintendo posted net sales of ¥81.5 billion (£545m), down 3.8% compared to last year, resulting in a profit of ¥8.6 billion (£57.7 million). This is a marked improvement on 2012, when they suffered a significant loss, though "exchange gains" from the depreciation of the Yen played a major role this time around.
The 3DS has been bringing home the bacon in spectacular style, with 1.4 million 3DS and 3DS XL consoles sold worldwide over the last three months. It's a 12% increase, and an impressive figure for the revitalised handheld. 11 million 3DS games were also sold.
Chief amongst them was Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which has attracted lifetime sales of 5.4 million copies worldwide. 1.54 million units were sold in the last quarter. This was to be expected, of course, since it's one of the best games of the year thus far. Luigi's Mansion 2 also managed to flog an obscene number of copies, on account of it being brilliant.
In total, the 3DS now sits at a seriously impressive 32.48 million worldwide sales... which unfortunately makes the Wii U's figure of 3.61 million consoles look even more worrisome. It's time for the bad news.
Nintendo's new console only managed to scrape 160,000 worldwide sales over the last quarter, a pathetic 10,000 of which were sold in Europe. Software sales logged in at 1.03 million, with no single title managing to sell over a million copies since launch. Nintendo admits that too "few key first-party titles" is responsible for the numbers, with only New Super Luigi U and Game & Wario releasing during the period, and we suspect that a total absence of visible advertising didn't help matters.
Regardless, Nintendo still expects to sell 9 million Wii Us by the end of the financial year, hopeful that this year's release slate of Wii Party U, Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (amongst others) will reverse their fortunes. At the risk of sounding pessimistic, I fear that they'll have to wait for the likes of Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. until the ball starts rolling. Which means 2014, realistically.