Nintendo has released their quarterly financial report today, revealing that roughly 6,680,000 Wii U units have been shipped to retailers worldwide in the console’s entire lifetime. It also indicates a fair improvement from the last quarter, moving more than 500,000 more units since the quarter ending March 31st, 2014. Additionally, the Wii U shipped 4.39 million software units this quarter. Compared to the same quarter last year in 2013, when the Wii U shipped 160,000 hardware units and 1.03 million software units, and you can see that things are looking a lot better than last year.
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Despite earnest Wii U sales in a historically-slow quarter, Nintendo still posted a 9.924 billion yen loss, which roughly converts to a $97 million loss for the quarter ending on June 30th, 2014. This might have to do with waning interest in the Nintendo 3DS, which shipped roughly 820,000 hardware units and 8.2 million software units this quarter, compared to 1.4 million hardware units and 11.01 million software units shipped during the same quarter in 2013. It’s still way and above the top gaming-specific handheld device, but that’s due to lackluster competition in the PS Vita, among others.
Returning to the Wii U, the console was mightily championed by the immediate success of Mario Kart 8, selling 2.82 million units worldwide from May 29th to June 30th. That’s almost 64% of total Wii U sales during the quarter, which indicates not only its star power, but the lack of competing releases during those past three months.
Nintendo hopes to jump back to prosperity in the quarter ending in December 31st, 2014, with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon Omega Ruba and Alpha Sapphire leading the way on the Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on the Wii U. Plus, with Amiibo and NFC figurines on the way, who knows just how much money the Japanese gaming company can recover by this time next year.
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