Nintendo’s Wii U Games Console Sales Keep Falling

WiiUWe’ve reported on both the GS website and the Next Level podcast that Nintendo’s Wii U consoles has not had the best of times with sales in its first 6 months of life lower than Nintendo estimated but things have gotten worse. Nintendo have revealed that their worldwide sales of the Wii U has slumped to just 160,000 in the last three months.

Nintendo shifted just 160,000 Wii U consoles worldwide – 90,000 in Japan, 60,000 in North America and 10,000 in Europe and Australia. 1.03 million Wii U games were sold. Financial results posted by the Japanese company show the Wii U has sold 3.61 million units since it launched last November.

Worryingly, it was even outsold by the original generation Wii over the last six months, with 660,000 sales to the Wii U’s 550,000.

On a positive note, Nintendo recorded a profit for the three months between April and June despite dismal Wii U sales. Nintendo earned 81.5 billion yen (£545m) in sales, down from 84.8 billion yen last year. Overall, it made 8.62 billion yen (£57.7 million) profit, an improvement on the 17.23 billion loss earned during the same period last year.


First party games have always been Nintendo’s strength and it will hope that sales of the console will pick up when it releases several new games including: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World, as well as Wii Party U and Wii Fit U.


Source: Sky News

Reporter: Soulfinger


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