During the first six months of the fiscal year, Nintendo has only sold 460,000 Wii U units — about 5 percent of its annual target of 9 million.
Nintendo reported selling 300,000 Wii U consoles during the second quarter (July through September) – an 87 percent increase over the previous quarter. On average, that’s roughly around 100,000 Wii U’s sold each month. Not exactly great news since Nintendo is still keeping their target of 9 million Wii U consoles sold by the end of this fiscal year. The Wii U has sold 3.91 million units worldwide since it launched in November 2012.
Fortunately, there is some positive news on the Wii U side. Wii U software sales saw a 400% increase in Q2. This was thanks to titles such as “Pikmin 3” and “The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD”.
Nintendo was overall profitable with an operating loss of ¥23.28 billion ($237 million) which is a 20 percent year-on-year improvement. Net sales were totaled at ¥196.5 billion.
By the end of the second quarter, 3DS has sold 3.89 million units – only 22 percent of its full-year target of 18 million. 3DS software sales rose by 40 percent with 16.37 million units sold. Because this quarter ends on September, these sales numbers don’t take October’s Pokemon X&Y into consideration – a game that sold 4 million units worldwide in two days. The 3DS has sold 34.98 million units worldwide since launch.
Bloomberg spoke to Hideki Yasuda, a Tokyo-based analyst at Ace Research Institute about the news.
“If Nintendo’s software does not sell well in the second half, then it could lead to a management capability issue,” said Hideki Yasuda. “The company is trying to catch up with titles that were delayed.”
Let’s hope that the releases of Pokemon X&Y, 2DS, and Super Mario 3D World, get Nintendo off to a better start for the second half of the year.