Nintendo Sells Three Million Wii U Systems, But Expects To Take A Hit

Nintendo sold just over three million Wii U systems worldwide from the system's November launch through to the end of December, with over 1.3 million of them selling in America. Both Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U have sold over two million copies.

The sales don't offset some bad news from Nintendo — bad news that was expected and seemed to spur the unusually positive, news-rich Nintendo Direct showcase of last week. Nintendo is dropping its financial forecast for the next three months. Where they once expected to make about 20 million yen, they now expect to lose about 37 million.

Why?

The earnings forecast has been modified to reflect a lower-than-expected sales outlook based on the sales performance in the year-end sales season and afterward. Also, exchange rate assumptions have been revised from 80 yen to 90 yen per U.S. dollar, and from 100 yen to 120 yen per euro, in consideration of the trend of the recent exchange rate situation.

Nintendo is blaming softer demand for older systems, including the original Wii.

Consolidated Results for the Nine Months Ended December 2011 and 2012 [Nintendo Investor Relations]


Comments

    Nintendo really needs to design a system that screams Nintendo. They could have the exact same tech, just in a more appealing case design. The WiiU really looks like a DVD drive with a case! The un-official concept design of 'Nintendo Beem' has always stuck in my mind;
    http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/images/9/2011/06/project-cafe-your-wii-2-designs--20110506024224535.jpg

      I agree their consoles look pretty boring, but I don't think that really matters much to people buying a console.
      Plus that Beem concept looks at least 2.5 times the size of the Wii or Wii U

      Last edited 31/01/13 11:08 am

        It does matter. Alienware is more appealing than beigeboxes. To say that case design has no effect on the appeal of any electronic item is complete BS.

          I said console, not "any electronic item", but anyway.

          Do you remember the Wii, that console looked like a DVD drive too, didn't stop it outselling many other flashier looking products. When people buy a console it usually comes down to games, and how they're played, and if people think they'll enjoy it. Are you really going to try and tell me you know someone who bought a console just because it looked pretty? Because if you do say that, we'll all know youre full of it. :)

            Not at all, though 'mainstream' buyers don't know or care what the tech-spec are. If a console looks 'awesome' it has more appeal. And if it has the specs to back it up, the buyer will be very happy and may even become a Brand Loyalist. God help us all.

      I didn't think it was that simple but you're right. I think that design is pretty appealing.

    I think its a great console, and doing great. Yes it different and yes it has normal growing pains, but to compair its sales now comapired to the Wii is unfair. The world economy was in far better shape back in 06 when the Wii got realeased, then now. Now with China lifting the ban of consoles they will sell in the millions over there.

    Last edited 31/01/13 10:47 am

    Looks about the same on its original shipping of the Wii...

    So this is good news right?

    Hardened fans of Nintendo have become used to the Wii being a casual experience and are of the opinion that , that's where Nintendo belongs. This is NOT the Nintendo we used to know (N64,SNES). It is what the fans want Nintendo to be. IMO this is not good for Nintendo. It's harder for them to compete, now that they are competing with other casual gaming devices.

    Their is very little insentive left for future generations to adapt Nintendo games other than their first party titles.

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