Nintendo records profit, lowers Wii U and 3DS sales forecasts

by Daniel VuckovicJanuary 31, 2013

Nintendo’s latest quarterly results have been posted and its a case of could be better, could be worse, especially for the Wii U. The results cover the last nine months of 2012.

Nintendo has posted total net sales of just over 543 billion yen (~6billion AUD) for the period, it’s made them a net profit of 14.545 billion yen. The first for some time. However the the bottom line is still bad with Nintendo’s operating loss coming in at 5.857 billion yen.

With official figures now in, we can now see how the Wii U has done since launch too. Nintendo have sold 3.06 million units, it’s far off track of Nintendo’s target of 5.5million sales by the end of March that Nintendo has revised that forecast to just 4 million. The Nintendo 3DS sold 12.71 million in the same period, 5 million of those in Japan alone. Nintendo believe that they will sell 15 million by March. There are now 29.84 million 3DS consoles sold.

The Nintendo DS and Wii have dived severely with the DS recording 2.15 million units sold and the Wii selling just 3.53 million units. The Wii is just shy of the magic 100 million sitting on 99.38 million sold, hopefully it gets there just to be nice and round.

The Wii U hasn’t got off to the start Nintendo had hoped and now with these results its clear Nintendo doesn’t think it will do as well as they thought before March.


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  • Mik
    January 31, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Well they needed to hold off and continue to push the envelop with new worlds and new creative things for there games. I would have bought it if they did not go back to the old format of 2D animation. I feel its a step back. even with the new tech people I think are not going to buy something that will remind of them the old Nintendo 64. When we finally got a 360 enviorment I was blew away. Now the the 2D coming no thank you. You want me to shell out big bucks give me something like the orginal Banjo Kazooie and Tooie and Super Mario Galaxy one and somewhat 2

    January 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    And already I have seen articles saying this is the end of Nintendo and that they should give up… Yes it has been a slower than expected launch but there is still a very long way to go yet before you could consider this the beginning of the end.

    • Mik
      January 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! If there slower sales then something is not going right. You know like with Castlevania it could have been in a carnivel place before entering the castle. I think its also the game designs as well. Very disappointed in Castlevania Lords of Shadow part 2. I dont know why this game makers are making the games 2D. I do like the potential of the Wii U but the games themselves I think just SUCK.

      Like for Super Mario have the wii u and make mario play like a board game in another Mario Galaxy Nintendo Isle Defino game. Plus I miss Banjo Kazooie and visiting the worlds and doing different things in Nuts and bolts I watched it on youtube and had no interest in buying the game. So much Potential and its just like make a riding device see if it works and then defeat Grunty. When in the other two games it was more interactive like you had too play games get the Jiggy by going to the top of the world

  • January 31, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Dude, I gotta disagree. 2D games tend to sell way more than 3D games in general. Take Mario for instance. Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 combined to sell about 16 million. New Super Mario Bros. Wii sold 25 million. That’s not the problem.

    The problem IMO is there isn’t a definitive game to own the system for. 2D Mario generally is the system seller, but seeing as it’s very similar graphically and sound wise to the other 3 NSMB games (though it’s in HD), it hasn’t done what NSMBWii did for the Wii.

    Nintendo Land I think they were hoping would be another Wii Sports, but that was totally misguided. Sport is a very much universal concept, some of the Nintendo franchises are not so much.

    But hey, as for all the doom saying by the industry “experts” they seem to be forgetting that a lot of the world are living in economic hard times compared to 2006. We’ll have to wait and see what Microsoft and Sony do at E3, but if they come out with superpowered behemoths again that require a second mortgage to buy, then the Wii U will have done comparitively well.

    • Mik
      February 1, 2013 at 1:24 am

      then why did they go to 360 degree in Super Mario Nintendo 64 and Isle Delfino?
      I am not saying Nintendo is through just yet but the sells are not good. yeah i agree everybody is hurting for money.

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