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]
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.