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Wii U Is Unlikely To Hit Target Even As Sales Double

Nintendo's Q2 2015 forecast shows mixed results as Wii U sales double but 3DS sales are halved.

After months of struggling, there is finally some good news for Nintendo's Wii U console.

Between July 1 and September 30 of this year, the Wii U sold 610,000 units. That's more than double what the current gen console managed in the same period in 2013. That brings the platform's life-to-date sales to 7.29 million in total. What makes these figure even better is that the Wii U managed this with only one major release, Hyrule Warriors

However, despite this increase the console is still predicted to miss Nintendo's expectations of 3.6 million sales this financial year. Over the past 6 months the Japanese company has only sold 1.12 million units. Nintendo will be hoping that their Amibo collection and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game will have a huge impact on Wii U sales this holiday season.

Figures for the 3DS were even worse as the handheld only sold 1.27 million units this quarter, down from 2.49 million sales in the same period last year. That's a 50% decrease Year-on-Year, despite the success of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Tomodachi Life which have sold 3.22 million and 3.12 million worldwide. The Nintendo 3DS has sold over 45 million units altogether but it looks like it has reached saturation point. Unless the handheld is given a huge boost by the release Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, as well as by the Japanese and Australian launch of the New 3DS, it looks like the platform will also miss Nintendo's target of 12 million sales this fiscal year.

Overall, Nintendo has made a net profit of ¥14.3 billion ($131.5 million) over the past 6 months, mostly thanks to a positive exchange rate. Still, that's a lot better than the ¥0.6 billion profit made in the first half of last fiscal year.

Are you planning on picking up a 3DS or Wii U this holiday season? If not, why not? Let us know in the comments below. 

Published Oct. 30th 2014
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    I won't be picking up a WiiU or 3DS, because even if I love Nintendo, I have played their games a lot already and they just release the same predictable line up.
    But maybe the reason the WiiU isn't do so well is not just there are not really any games on it that will cause it to sell, but maybe it was simply released too early, maybe if they had held off 1 year, or 1 year and a half it would be a bit more powerful, and thus the large publishers would release games on it.

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