160,000 Wii U consoles sold from April through June

Nintendo sold a record low quantity of Wii U consoles from April through June, but strong 3DS hardware and software sales and a favorable exchange rate helped it come through with a profit. The Japanese company released its first quarter 2014 financial statement today, giving us a better look at its varied fortunes.

Only 160,000 Wii U consoles sold, compared to 450,000 from January to March. The touchscreen-enabled home system found the most success in Japan, where it moved 90,000 units from April through June, as opposed to 60,000 in the Americas and 10,000 in the rest of the world. Just over a million Wii U games were sold.

Original Wii is still outperforming its successor more than half a year into the latter's lifespan, with 210,000 systems sold worldwide in the quarter.

Nintendo continued to blame the Wii U's dry release calendar for its poor performance, and said it expects sales to significantly improve when games like Pikmin 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD begin hitting retail in coming months.

3DS, on the other hand, managed to move 1.4 million units of hardware. Animal Crossing: New Leaf sold 1.54 million and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sold 1.43 million, despite launching worldwide late last quarter. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D's success was less specific; Nintendo simply said it was "well received."

Nintendo posted net sales of 81.5 billion yen ($828.5 million) compared to 84.8 billion yen ($862 billion) in the same period last year. Its net income improved to 8.6 billion yen ($87.4 million) from a 17.2 billion yen ($174.8 million) loss.


  • Pruman - August 1, 2013 3 a.m.

    Or even better...Super Mario Galaxy 3. That ALONE would get me to run out to the store and buy one.
  • Pruman - August 1, 2013 2:50 a.m.

    I'm a Nintendo fanboy for life, and I can't justify buying the system right now because there are hardly any must-play games available for it. I said the same thing about the 3DS when it came out, and Nintendo proved me wrong that holiday season by cutting the price and then unleashing a flood of great games that continues to this day (I love me some Animal Crossing, and am so stoked for Dream Team, Yoshi's Island, and Pokemon X). The Wii U...has New SMB, which I just finished on my 3DS, and that's about it. How about a new Metroid game? Or Star Fox? Or F-Zero? Any one of those would be enough to entice me to buy one. Wind Waker doesn't count because I can play it in near-HD on my Wii and it already looks better than a lot of current-gen games.
  • Danomeon - August 1, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    I was dissapointed with the Wii U's launch lineup, but now it's starting to pick up. Soon the system should have... New Super Mario Bros, Super Smash Bros, Pikmin 3, Bayonetta 2, Super Mario 3D world, Mario Kart 8, Wind Waker Wii U, The Wonderful 101, and "X". That's an exclusive line-up worthy of a system purchase, in my opinion, but I think Nintendo really messed up with this one. There are a lot of holes in this lineup. New Super Mario Bros. U was waaayyy too similar to the others, and introduced nothing new or interesting, and the new 3D Mario apeing the 3DS game so much makes it hardly a successor to galaxy. Why doesn't nintendo do a 3D console pokemon game? It would sell like madness, but they refuse to do it! No new F-zero or star fox, either, and it looks like they've once more taken way too long to pull out the new Zelda card. What is Nintendo doing?! Do they not realize that they have the IP power to level supermarkets?! A 3D console Pokemon game where you travel the world and run through bushes like the handheld, but with beautiful HD pokemon battles alone would get them out of this rut, yet they still continue making odd decisions and putting out less than stellar games that won't sell systems. It's so frustrating that they're sitting on all of these incredible IPs and not doing anything special with them.
  • tehtimeisnow - July 31, 2013 11:52 p.m.

    if nitedno wants 2 stay in buziness they seruoisely need 2 give up the wiiu and start makeing ipohne games
  • RavensPoet - July 31, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    With, from what I understand, so few AAA or must have games what do you expect? I always wonder why companies launch systems with 5-10 games and then having a drought for months on end. Is it really that hard to plan out launching some excellent games every 2 months or so?
  • shawksta - July 31, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    Well the coming months should atleast boost some sales. August onward, we have Pikmin 3, September has Wonderful 101 and Rayman legends, October has Wind Waker HD and Sonic Lost World, November has Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and December has Super Mario 3D World and that's not counting the third party like Watch Dogs and Arkham Origins. If Nintendo sets a price drop in time of all the fall releases, it'll be a good move that will mimick what happened with 3DS but considering the amount of games are bigger this time it will really nail it. Problem is Nintendo is pretty stingy, it'll be a miracle if they decide to drop the price, otherwise the games themselves will do the work by themselves
  • Talvari - July 31, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    Bring on the holidays!
  • Redeater - July 31, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    *Looks at game shelf Yep, still the same 4 games I bought......almost a year ago. Sadly, none of those games are what I would consider "killer apps". I love the Wii U as a system but fuck you Nintendo. I bought Zombie U AND the control pad only to find out they were included in bundles or severely discounted later on. Thankfully, I didn't get burned on the 3DS or else I would have been even more pissed. As a gamer from the NES days who loved Nintendo, I'll always look forward to playing the newest 1st party game. As an adult who has seen Nintendo screw over early adopters, not once but twice with the last two console/handheld devices, I've learned my lesson. It never pays to be an early adopter when it comes to Nintendo.
  • JarkayColt - July 31, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    When this thing was first announced, I was dubious. I knew that it would be another console which needed to prove itself, just like the Wii and DS before it, and more recently, even the 3DS. I had very little interest in it back then, and I still don't now. Nintendo are giving people absolutely no reason to own one. The 3DS started to take off after a price cut, an intense software drive and much more focused advertising might. However, the WiiU still has a dearth of games, is awkwardly priced considering the PS4 and Xbox One are over the horizon, and I literally see no advertising presence for this thing. Nintendo need to throw everything behind this if they want it to pick up. Come up with some sort of promotion or something. It's no secret that the success of Nintendo's handhelds and consoles rests most heavily on their own first party software. I think they need much faster turnouts on the development side of things. And I don't mean they should rush their games, but they really need to buy/encourage more studios to produce games for them, increase their workforce, whatever. Nintendo has 'franchises' after all, so why not throw the reins over more often, like, for example, how they once let Capcom handle a few Zelda games. I just think they need a wider number of teams working on games so that we don't get huge holes in their release schedules. Nintendo need to show people what WiiU is all about, and I don't think their doing that with so-so titles like Game and Wario, or by making a HD remake of Wind Waker (as nice as that looks, but it was a GameCube game after all.)
  • Smash_Bro - July 31, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    I'm super disappointed at how sales for this console are going. This is easily Nintendo's best console, and has SO MUCH POTENTIAL. But for whatever reason, there are just no games. Wii launched with Twilight Princess, which kept me busy for years post-release and I still play today. Heck, even the GCN launched with Melee, which I also still play. Wii U is going to get slaughtered at Christmas... Wind Waker HD is NOT going to be a system seller. Third parties need to stop being so scared and take a legitimate chance with this console. ...AndIstilldon'tseewhytheywon'tannounceanewPokemonSnapgameImeancomeonit'sperfect
  • Cyberninja - July 31, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Well Wind Waker and Pikmin are the next big things we also have DK and Mario coming out this year, so it will do fine in Japan come Christmas, PS4 I can see having a problem since the launch games are for a western audience.
  • FoxdenRacing - July 31, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    They need a strong library. Nintendo doesn't have the "5 million fans line up to buy one game" franchise power they used to, so no single title's going to magically start selling systems. Only crossing the "It has a bunch of exclusives I want to play" mark, or the "This version has features I can't get anywhere else" [ala Raving Rabbids] will do that. Really, with what's coming out between now and the end of the was smart to launch early and not get eaten alive by the frenzy of the other two launching, but in terms of having a decent library they should've waited a year. If they would've launched with everything out by 1/1/14, it would've been a much better showing for year 1. But, if PS3 can rebound from a slow start, so can this.
  • BladedFalcon - July 31, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    "Nintendo continued to blame the Wii U's dry release calendar for its poor performance" *Stares back at the last three months of Wii U releases... sees nothing but a barren, lifeless wasteland* Yeah, no shit Nintendo :P

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