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Nintendo Financials: Wii U Bombs Hard, 3DS Runs Rampant

Jonathan Lester
3DS, Financials, Nintendo, Wii U

Nintendo Financials: Wii U Bombs Hard, 3DS Runs Rampant

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.

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Late  Jul. 31, 2013 at 14:17

...Nintendo still expects to sell 9 million Wii Us by the end of the financial year...

I doubt they do. They hope to sell that many, but they can't realistically expect that to happen.

They will get a bit of a boost at Christmas, despite the new machines coming out, and small boosts from each big title - but with 3.30m unit sales to date and current sales around 0.05m per month they ain't going to get even remotely close to 9m by next March...

googleberry  Jul. 31, 2013 at 23:59

Think this is a typo on your sales numbers:

¥81.5 billion (£5.45m)

that would be £545m sales


JonLester  Aug. 1, 2013 at 11:04

@googleberry: Ah, what a difference an accidental decimal point makes. Ta. :D

Realhoneyman  Aug. 3, 2013 at 19:12

I want Nintendo to do well. I'm an avid supporter and fan of the 3DS (and Nintendo's portable output in general).

However, when the Wii sells higher numbers than the Wii U over the same period, something is genuinely wrong.

I feel like the Wii U is the kid at school that can always be relied on to bring the fun but has parents that don't support him/her properly. So its not outright abuse but just great lack of care and attention.

Start caring more please Nintendo.

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