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Wii U Under-Performs: Nintendo Posts Sales Figures, Slashes Forecast

Jonathan Lester
Financials, Nintendo, Sales data, Wii U

Wii U Under-Performs: Nintendo Posts Sales Figures, Slashes Forecast

3 Million Consoles Sold Worldwide

Nintendo has published their latest sales figures for the Wii U and 3DS, suggesting that their new console has been under-performing since its November 2012 launch. Despite this, however, their overall losses are significantly decreasing year-on-year.

The report reveals that 3.3 million Wii U consoles have been sold worldwide, forcing Nintendo to drastically reduce their March sales projections from 5.5 million down to 4 million. The original Wii is still outselling its younger brother, racking up 3.5 million sales in the same period.

3DS projections tell a broadly similar story, with Nintendo now expecting annual sales of 15 million units as opposed to their original 17.5 million estimation.

It's not all bad news, though. Though annual Wii U software sales projections have been cut from 24 million to 16 million copies (almost certainly due to the console's weaker-than-expected performance), the current sales figure of 11.69 million copies has been strong enough for them to revise their profit estimations from 6 billion to 14 billion Yen (£97.6m). Their net operating loss of 5.8 billion yen is also a substantial year-on-year improvement.

If you're a fan of infographics, here's a colourful comparison between the Wii U, 3DS and their predecessors (though note that the figures are only accurate as of December 2012, weighing in slightly lower than their latest numbers quoted above). [via GamesIndustry]

Wii U Under-Performs: Nintendo Posts Sales Figures, Slashes Forecast

We strongly suspect that sluggish early software support, coupled with incredibly poor and tardy advertising campaigns especially in Europe, have factored into the Wii U's disappointing performance thus far. With plenty of exciting games on the horizon, however, next year could be very different.

Have you bought a Wii U? Why do you think that the console is selling slower than Nintendo expected? What could The Big N do to convince you to buy one? As always, let us know in the comments.

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DivideByZero  Jan. 30, 2013 at 15:51

Surely everyone saw that coming?

The Wii ended up catering for Mum's playing fitness "games" and Just Dance and people who do that sort of thing wont care about new hardware.

When I was growing up, my mum never once said "We've had this VCR for two years now, it's still working but lets buy a new one anyway". The same will apply to those people with the Wii. Most will still be working and if they want they can still buy new games for it.

Then you have your core gamers. They are not all going to buy in due to underperforming hardware.

So the only people buying in will be the Team Nintendo fans (who will hate my post here and tell me I'm wrong) and a few interested parties who were willing to just give it a go.

I nearly bought a Wii-U just for Zombie-U, but it was not enough of a call when I already have L4D etc.

Late  Jan. 30, 2013 at 16:49

As /0 indicates, you're not going to sell a console on the back of one or two pretty good titles - and that's all Nintendo seem to have for the U.
I was fairly intrigued by ZombiU and still am by Colonial Marines and Lego City Undercover; but I'm not rich and I'm not going to spunk the better part of £500 on getting a console and three fairly intriguing games. (I could do much better things with £500. Like buy 25 "fairly intriguing" games on the xbox, at £20 each!)

Most other games I'd be interested in on the U are multi-platform - and of course there's definitely no appeal in buying a new console just so I can play a game that I could get on the console I already own. "But the U version has a little mini-game you can play on the touchscreen, and the map's there without you pausing." Oh woopie-doo. :|

Ilium  Jan. 30, 2013 at 16:53

Makes you wonder how much of that Nintendo "Please Wait" Direct presentation the other week was designed for shareholders and investors.

"We are definitely working on New Mario and New Zelda. Please keep giving us money!!"

DivideByZero  Jan. 30, 2013 at 17:06

there's definitely no appeal in buying a new console just so I can play a game that I could get on the console I already own.

Especially when that new "Next Gen" console doesn't offer better graphics / performance than something 6/7 years old where the games will be (are) cheaper.

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