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Wii U sales top 3 million, Nintendo cuts full-year forecast

Software sales for the system totalled 11.7 million during the same period, with Nintendo Land hitting two million and New Super Mario Bros. U 2.3 million, the company said today.

For the business year ending March 31, Nintendo cut its Wii U sales forecast from 5.5 million units to four million, and its software sales target from 24 million units to 16 million. The firm also said it now expects to sell 15 million 3DS units by April, having previously estimated 17.5 million sales.

The downwardly revised sales guidance has resulted in the company forecasting a full-year operating loss of 20 billion yen (£139m / $220m). It previously anticipated making an operating profit of 20 billion yen. Nintendo also cut its annual revenue forecast by 17.3 per cent, although it raised its net profit forecast from six to 14 billion yen (£97.5m / $154m).

Lifetime Wii sales now total 99.38 million units, with 863.53 million games sold. Lifetime 3DS hardware sales stand at 29.84 million units, with 85 million games sold. And DS has now sold 153.67 million units and 930.55 million software units.