Nintendo says Wii U continues to have a "negative impact" on company profits

Whereas the 3DS now boasts 3.89 million units sold.

Nintendo sold 460,000 Wii U consoles worldwide in the six-month period ending September 30, the company has announced.

Lifetime sales of the Wii U sit at 3.91 million globally, though Nintendo refuses to budge on its prediction that it will shift 9 million consoles before the end of its 2014 financial year.

The Wii U is still having a "negative impact" on the company's profits, Nintendo added, citing the console's price reduction in the US and Europe as a main factor alongside advertising expenses. Nintendo resolves to drive manufacturing costs of the hardware down and improve the distribution of digital software to boost income. The company's operating loss for the six-month period stood at ¥23.2 million.

Major titles for the Wii U included Pikmin 3 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, but Nintendo noted that the two titles did not have as much of an impact on software sales as hoped. 6.3 million Wii U games have now been sold in the console's lifetime.

Looking at the 3DS, Nintendo reported 3.89 million sales of the handheld globally and 27.38 million total software sales. The company reported that Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold 2.49 million units worldwide, and mentioned "steady sales" for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

Nintendo also said strong initial sales of Pokemon X and Y--which sold 4 million units worldwide in its opening weekend--was "further propelling the popularity" of the 3DS.

65.7 percent of the company's sales were outside of Japan, Nintendo added.

All in all, Nintendo took ¥196.5 billion in sales (approximately $2bn/£1.2bn) and posted an overall net profit of ¥600 million (approximately $6.1m/£3.8m).

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playmynutz
playmynutz

Nintendo disapears; the whole dynasty falls including mario & pokemon

maxpowr3
maxpowr3

Unless Nintendo makes a Pokémon MMO for the WiiU, I dunno what will save the console.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

What do Nintendo expect when you can count the number of must have Wii U (damn that's a stupid name for a console) games to date on one hand? The reason the Wii sold so well (regardless of being ridiculously underpowered, stupidly named & having no HD capabilities) was because the simplicity of the controller opened up gaming to everyone else; those who wouldn't know what to do with a PS3 or 360 controller if you taught them how to use one for a week straight. Why in the hell would any of these people want to go from the Wii controller to a tablet with thumbsticks? Yes you can still use the old controller but seriously, how many of the mum & dad gamers that loved the Wii know that? Honestly, I think the Wii U was doomed to fail from the beginning. Sure there are people who love it & enjoy the games & I'm not trying to insult them, if they enjoy it then good for them but you can't tell me that it has anything about it that matches the mass appeal characteristics of the original Wii & Nintendo seem to be pathologically avoiding trying to attract people into buying one. To put it bluntly, what in the hell were they thinking?

Psychikos
Psychikos

Dammit Nintendo, have you learned nothing from Sony?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Considering the Wii U is just a giant 2/3DS, Nintendo could've done an awesome-looking Pokemon title which would've helped push systems out to households, especially with Christmas time coming. Instead 3DS will get the "proper" Pokemon title, whereas the Wii U will just get some dopey Pokemon tie-ins.

Puck269
Puck269

Ok, after reading similar stories on a number of different sites.. there should be more clarification as to what the numbers are for the Lifetime sales numbers.. cause they are not matching up with what has been reported elsewhere, nor does only "6.3 Million" lifetime software sales even make sense.  

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

It should be noted that the sales number for the 3DS listed in this article are not lifetime sales, those have reached over 33 million.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I'm not surprise, not just Nintendo is struggling, also Sony, Valve and Microsoft. Their model are obsolete. I think they need to stop making hardware, and start to make software for IOS, the future of the games.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

they still profited so wait til wiiu gets more major hits its already picked up overall in usa they need to work on japan and europe but like ps3 the wiiu can still turn around

jlenoconel
jlenoconel

Re-title it as the Nintendo U.  That way parents will actually know its a different console.

dummpymonkey123
dummpymonkey123

The revolutionary system is struggling because you don't have my smash bros out yet jerks (I love my Wii u tho)

King_Wii
King_Wii

You know the Wii U may not be selling very well but looking at the numbers at the end of the article I would say $6m in profits is not bad. Now for a company the size of Nintendo in the market that it's in that's not a lot of wiggle room and $6m could quickly become -$6m next year so I do understand their current attitude. With luck (for them) sales ill increase when they release something worth buying.

Shango4
Shango4

I hate it when I post then they pend on this site.

OhSnapitz
OhSnapitz

The high price point and lack of compelling software is what is "dooming" the WiiU.  You can't release games that are already available on previous consoles and expect a major boost in revenue. Nintendo's 1990 strategy will be the end of em..

Furwings
Furwings

If simply judging Sega's decision to get out of the console space and become a 3rd party publisher is based on sheer financials, then great for them. Sure as a company Sega/Sammy is now more successful and in better financial standing overall. However in terms of them being a player, making an impact, being the topic of conversation etc, Sega has dropped off the face of the earth. When is the last time Sega generated anywhere NEAR the hype and excitement they had with the Genesis or Dreamcast? The answer: THEY HAVEN'T.

I personally do NOT want Nintendo to follow suit.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

aside from the actual sales numbers...the most troubling thing for nintendo is that they are losing region 4. if things continue this path....i think they become a handheld maker only.

iwata and reggie need to be fired yesterday

> wii u

vindictivecow
vindictivecow

One simple reason - price. Nintendo games are mostly catered for kids and tweens. Parents are unwilling or unable to buy their kids another console when they already have furnished their kids with smartphones for all the other things they do besides play games. The kids also probably already have ds/3ds, older Wii, and tablet lying around.  Additionally, with the family pc, maybe an older sibling's ps3/xbox, there's really no reason for a parent to buy their kids another console. If WiiU came out without the tablet controller and cost under $200, and had more games then it would have been a different story. The above scenario is a typical middle-class situation. There are many poorer families that can't afford even more so.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Hears a Question, why is everyone asking Nintendo to go Sega routh? Sega ruin Sega, when they pull the plug with the Dreamcast and not only that, Nintendo is way better then Sega and when sega want to 3rd Party, there Sonic games were not the same, they had no major games since there Dreamcast want down, and if Nintendo want to 3rd Party do you honestly think Nintendo would do better? Hell no look at Sega now try to imagine them as Nintendo it will hurt there Repultation as a gaming Co. so the question is why should Nintendo go out like that?

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

Nintendo needs a truly next gen system, one that will put Sony and Microsoft to shame, or they need to follow Sega.... I don't know what they were thinking with the Wii U... 

deathblow3
deathblow3

@CrouchingWeasel lol no one loves the wii my wife is one of the people you spoke of and she thought the wii was a good idea. because it was more physical. well all and all she dont play games and stopped caring about the wii about a month later. thats why it sold thats why the one of the best selling games on it is just dance. casual players dont stay focused on games long because they are not gamers and have no love for games.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@hadlee73 

GameFreak has stated that they feel that the core Pokemon titles can only truly shine on handhelds due to the social nature of the game, sure online allows for the same features, but the social aspect really isn't there.

19James89
19James89

@mariokart64fan I reckon there are a lot of gamers waiting for a Mario Kart 8 or Super Smash Bros bundle before they purchase a Wii U.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@jlenoconel Dude, I've been saying that since the Wii U's name was first announced. Maybe they should redesign, relaunch and re-title it. They need a better advertising plan too. 

hystavito
hystavito

@King_Wii $6 million on $2 billion revenue is terrible.  I actually read it a couple times to make sure I was reading it right :).

King_Wii
King_Wii

@Furwings I agree Sega hasn't done anything worth looking at since Dreamcast shut down. I think running/owning a console business is hard work and only rich companies can keep it up for long these days. I think one of the reasons Sony and Microsoft do so well at it (so far) is that they have business outside of the console arena. Sony makes all forms of electronics and Microsoft dominates the operating system industry in regards to PCs (which are used almost everywhere).

danabo
danabo

@FurwingsSega-Sammy are BIG news in Asia.

Oct 22 (Reuters) - Paradise Group , one of South Korea's largest casino operators, and Japanese gaming company Sega Sammy plan to invest $1.7 billion to build a luxury resort to tap a surge in Chinese gamblers flocking to the country. - for example.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

@Furwings yeah but..if they didn't change focus..they were prolly heading to complete ruin. 

they at least have survived. sometimes its better to survive and have less hype then have it the other way around

> wii u

UnstoppableKARL
UnstoppableKARL

@vindictivecow This.  Even though I have a Wii-U, I went in fully expecting a few quality first-party titles from them...and nothing more.  Nintendo has shielded themselves from the market, but failed to realize they turned a blind eye to the climate change in the gaming world with the blooming of phones/tablets.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@lostmyaccount 

So do something that'll put them out of business or just give up? You know what two companies constantly tried to "outclass" the competition in terms of hardware? SEGA and Atari, what happened to them? Nintendo knows that's a suicidal route which is why they don't bother putting too much focus on that and really, when it comes down to it, hardware specs have truly NEVER been a selling point for a system so I don't know why you guys constantly put emphasis on something that has ruined more companies than it has benefited them. Sony was nearly wiped out by the PS3. 

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

@lostmyaccount The Wii U is a next-gen and if you want a true next-gen [which has been out for years] go PC like I did.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@abHS4L88 @hadlee73 Yup I've read about the reasons previously, however I still see it as a missed opportunity. Hindsight is a wonderful thing though and the Wii U continues to flounder in the meantime. I'm still keen to see the new Zelda game whenever that comes out.

zebbie09
zebbie09

@the_repo_man6754 @OhSnapitz   Possibly....  They might not do that much better.  They will have to compete against each other, Wii U and then their predecessors.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

@danabo @Furwings Sega is bigger in asia only because the arcade market lasted longer and all the publishers...have like weird side businesses too

> wii u

Furwings
Furwings

@danabo @Furwings Wonderful and how does that benefit us as gamers in any way? You're missing my point entirely.

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

@abHS4L88  They are not going to go out of business. I have total faith in Nintendo. Games absolutley sell systems and drive it, but guess what, they don't have them. One by one, game developers are skipping the system, if they would have just released a powerfull system, they wouldn't be losing all the 3rd party support, which is what will make or break a system. Atari and Sega had this problem regardless of how powerfull the system was. 

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

@EasyComeEasyGo @lostmyaccount Bringing the graphics up to Xbox 360 and PS3 is last Gen bud. I have PC, 360 and PS3 just fyi. Been playing Nintendo since it was first released, the Wii U is heartbreakingly a failure.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@hadlee73

Pokemon hasn't proven to be a huge seller on home consoles anyways and GameFreak would have to change things around in order for the series to truly shine on home consoles so it's hard to say if it would be truly a huge success. I would say the new Zelda game should be slated for 2015 holiday season since Aunouma is probably going to reveal it some time next year. 

While the Wii U indeed floundering, it is due to a lack of killer apps but with Super Mario 3D World, Smash Brothers and MarioKart 8 on the horizon, those should turn things around (hate all you want you downers, these franchises have been proven to sell systems). 

King_Wii
King_Wii

@Furwings @danabo I think the chances of Steam joining the console war are much higher then Sega. I think Sega is done with consoles for the foreseeable future.

Furwings
Furwings

@danabo @Furwings I honestly know about 4 friends of mine who would buy a new Sega console in a heartbeat if Sega were to ever re-enter the console race. A LOT of Genesis and Dreamcast fans would as well. Sadly a 4 horse race is just too crowded - not enough shelf space. Even if a multi-billion dollar company were to purchase Sega/Sammy and re-enter the race, I think they'd compete fairly neck-and-neck with Nintendo, but they'd probably end up in 4th :(

Sometimes I just miss the 16-bit wars - that was the true golden age of videogames.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@lostmyaccount
Once again, it's not about power and for almost every developer saying that power is the reason is just giving a BS excuse. This excuse would be valid for the Wii (although Activison managed to make it work) but not for the Wii U, especially not now since majority of the biggest games coming out on the PS4/XBoxOne are also coming out on the 360/PS3.  

Think of some of the best games you've ever played, next ask yourself this "Did the power of the system make this game possible, or was it the creativity and genius of the developers that made this game possible?" Power is a mere tool but is nothing if developers don't have the creativity and talent to utilize it, likewise, I feel that developers tend to become more creative and innovative when given limited hardware because they don't have powerful specs to use as a crutch. 

19James89
19James89

@lostmyaccount Nintendo has never really had third party support. The Wii had virtually no third party support except for a sheer amount of cheap shovelware and that outsold its rivals who had a phletora of third party support. The same applies to the DS as well. When it comes to third party support on a Nintendo console it's virtually non-existent. 

Third party games just cannot compete with Nintendo first party games and that's the real reason why third party support isn't really on the Wii U. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@lostmyaccount

Not everyone cares about 3rd party games, actually the amount who really love those huge 3rd party games is pretty equal to the amount who love Nintendo's 1st party games (maybe even less) so as long as Nintendo continues to pump out their heavy hitters along with their more obscure games and a few brand new ones, they'll be fine. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@b74kd3th 

Don't act like nothing will come out after the system sellers, there's far more on the way, those will just give the system the boost in sales it needs, which in turn will attract more 3rd parties (not all, just more). 

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

@abHS4L88 @lostmyaccount because after those games come out it's still a failure because only those games are coming out and nothing else

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

@abHS4L88 @lostmyaccount Again, they have very little 3rd party support. If people can't get their favorite 3rd party games for the Wii U, people are going to buy Sony or MS. 

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

@abHS4L88 @lostmyaccount We both know that the 3DS price was not a good idea [$249.99] when everyone look at it just a DS with a 3D add-on, no games, and Nitnendo admit it was too high. The same thing can be said for PS Vita but it was the Memory Cards that was the major problem so nether Sony and Nintendo had there fair share in price wise.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@lostmyaccount

It's only been out a year? Last I checked, the 3DS took 6 months before it took off, the PS3 took nearly 2 years. The Vita has been out for almost 2 years and has yet to take off, so why aren't we giving the same chance to the Wii U? 3 of Nintendo's biggest system sellers are coming out within the next 6 months, why can't we wait until those games come out to see if the Wii U is truly a failure or not?