Nintendo slashes Wii U sales expectations by two thirds

Nintendo now expects to sell only 2.8 million Wii U consoles this financial year.

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Uh oh. Nintendo has slashed its Wii U sales projections for the current financial year by over two thirds.

In a revised financial forecast, Nintendo has said it now expects to sell only 2.8 million Wii U consoles in the 12 months ending March 2014. That's massively down the estimation of 9 million units it had been clutching on to for most of 2013, with Nintendo finally admitting that the holiday season was not a good time for the company in the face of stiff competition from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Nintendo has sold 3.91 million Wii U systems to date.

Additionally, the company has cut its sales forecast by a third: it's now 590 billion yen, down from 920 billion yen. As opposed to an operating profit of 100 billion yen, it now expects to post a 35 billion yen loss. All in all, Nintendo now expects post a 25 billion yen loss to net profit at the end of the financial year.

Nintendo attributed much of its downward forecast on "significantly lower" software sales over the holiday period, despite high-profile critical hits like Super Mario 3D World, mainly due to the fact the company didn't sell enough hardware units to establish a suitably sized install base.

"In the year-end sales season which constitutes the highest proportion of the annual sales volume, software sales with a relatively high margin were significantly lower than our original forecasts mainly due to the fact that hardware sales did not reach their expected level," said Nintendo in a statement.

Expectations for Wii U software sales have also been halved, from 38 million down to 19 million.

Nintendo also downwardly revised its forecast for the 3DS, with the company now expecting to sell 13.5 million units as opposed to 18 million.

Sales expectations of games for the original Wii, however, have been increased to 2.6 million, up from 2 million.

Nintendo suffered from a painful 2013, failing to get consumers excited about its latest home console and replicate the success of the original Wii with its successor, and this latest news is set to get 2014 off to a horrible start for the Mario maker. But what will the rest of 2014 have in stock for Nintendo?

Discussion

1021 comments
Devin Platt
Devin Platt

I think graphics make the game universe more believable and realistic, not to mention that eye candy is awesome. As to caring only about graphics, I'm replaying FF7 right now and loving it, despite the character models looking like legos.

allenk3rd
allenk3rd

There's no doubt that casual gamers sales were part of the success for the Wii (heck, Wii's were in nursing homes, hospitals even schools).  I think the Wii U can have the same success but the marketing and game support are JUST NOT THERE!!! I can honestly say that I have not seen a single Wii U commercial in 2014 (or at least one that caught my eye).  The ones I saw in 2013 profiled ONE game at a time. 


For the casual gamer, Nintendo has a video on their site that I would have worked well on TV... shortened with a few tweaks.

http://www.nintendo.com/popup/video?url=psYmcxajqgIfhDNR1Tz4cDPFHDCUEyLy&title=true&autoplay=true&color=wii&iframe=true


And as far as for the regular to hardcore gamer, BRING ON THE GAMES!!!.  There's no need to show somebody playing the game, just show the game and some teasers of what's in it.   Regular and hardcore gamers just jump right in and figure it out. 


I loved the console marketing battles in the mid 90's.  N64 and Sega had some of most hilarious commercials and they made you say "I Gotta have That Game!" ..... or you at least yelled "SEGA!" with the guy at the end!  (0_o)   lol 

Kelwin Lieng
Kelwin Lieng

More cheaper pleaze? I can go for around 90 bucks.

Jak Gibberish
Jak Gibberish

Ain't just the graphics but the processor's power. 3rd party companies now with other consoles have moved on up will not port their games to the Wii U because the specs are too far behind. They would have to go out their way to downgrade a port and when they have done that who would want to buy a downgraded version when they could get the full? A game like that will not be a console seller. Plus these 3rd party companies will be forced into developing gimmicks for the tablet controller which is more time and money for them to do. So in a way Nintendo relies on it's 1st party to 2nd party titles and in order to do that to keep up with the amount of 1st party and 3rd party games on other consoles they will need to make more 1st party titles, not just Mario or Zelda ones too but more of a variety. You need to create, yes quality stuff in order to sell but quantity and variety play a huge part in that as well.

Anthony Zombo
Anthony Zombo

Nintendo off the top of my head: Legend of Zelda, F-Zero, Donkey Kong, Fire Emblem, Star Fox, Mario, Pokemon, Metroid, Animal Crossing, Pikmin, Kid Icarus, Professor Layton, Ace Attorney, Super Smash Brothers, Mii series (If you want to count that one), Wario ware, and Yoshi series. I tried.

Ray Price
Ray Price

And if you don't mind importing and can read a little Japanese there's some fantastic Vita games such as God Eater 2, Tales of Innocence, Senran Kagura. A lot of these will be brought to the US this year and will add to the library of great games. Oh and Persona 4 rocks of course. :)

Pierre-Luc Rancourt
Pierre-Luc Rancourt

On top of my head :God Of War, Heavy Rain, Beyond Two Souls, Uncharted, The Last Of Us, Ni No Kuni, Little Big Planet. For Nintendo : Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Metroid, Pikmin, Pokémon, Mario Kart and Mario Party.

Paul Barnett
Paul Barnett

I sense Mario on Xbox and PS4... I got my girlfriend a WiiU on launch and we have 3 games.. software support for this pricy console has been so poor, how do they expect to make money?!

Pierre-Luc Rancourt
Pierre-Luc Rancourt

Anthony Zombo LBPV is exclusive to the vita because of the controls, Tearaway, Soul Sacrifice, Gravity Rush just to name a few ... and well I find them more appealing than playing Pokémon or Mario

Pierre-Luc Rancourt
Pierre-Luc Rancourt

true, long gone are my childhood memories in gaming, they feel like it will never going to happen again.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I don't think they're doomed, but they'll struggle for a long time. The handheld sales will keep them afloat if the Wii U continues to under deliver. This should give them ample motive to rethink what they will call their next console. Wii meaning "we" instead of us&them was already a weird PR stunt and now we have Wii U. Bono will sue their ass if they call the next one Wii U2 and Wii 2gether or something sounds even more corny than anything before.

Rey Rey Acevedo
Rey Rey Acevedo

I feel like most of you guys care more about the graphics and online then the actual games themselves. What happened to the good old days of gaming?

Daniel Gagné
Daniel Gagné

I have the PS4 since day 1 and I love it. Also got the WiiU over the holidays to play with kids, and I love it just as much, in a different way. For sure I will never buy a 3rd party game that is on PS4 on the WiiU... But Nintendo exclusives are ALWAYS FUN. Mario 3D World is probably my GOTY with The Last of Us on PS3. Zelda is amazing, Pikmin 3 really cool, ZombiU, Monster Hunter 3... I mean, there's plenty of games on the WiiU at the moment... 199$ and they would sell a TON. 300$ is too expansive for people who don't know what they are getting. It's easy, if you have a family, go WiiU you won't regret it with all the coop games and fun games they have...

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Please Nintendo, just quit the console game and make games for other systems. Pretty much everyone loves your games and your consoles are only ever a "price for admission" with a new gimmick thrown in each time.

registeredpunk
registeredpunk

Nintendo is fine look at those 3DS sells and the last gen Wii sells. They can afford to screw up once with the WiiU. They just need to wait a couple of years and lunch a new system, that is both wii and wiiu compatible and more powerful than ps4 and xboxone. Maybe a Nintendo steam machine??

registeredpunk
registeredpunk

3.91 million in the US not the rest of the world.

Anthony Zombo
Anthony Zombo

Microsoft and Sony rely on 3rd Party games. Seriously, both don't have a lot exclusives compare to Nintendo. Just take a look back at the PS3 and Xbox 360. List all the exclusives for both consoles and compare them to the number of Nintendo exclusives. Let's also take a look back and remember the PS3 struggle for a while when it first launch.

Anthony Zombo
Anthony Zombo

Yeah, but the Vita sucks and all the games for the Vita are just console ports. There are no exclusives for the Vita, just ports.

Anthony Zombo
Anthony Zombo

Really? Killzone is not worth getting for the PS4. The only game that is worth getting for the Xbox One is Killer Instinct and coming soon D1. Everything else is not worth anyone's time for the Xbox One.

con47
con47

I just picked up a 3DS and I love it. But Nintendo is on life support. The Wii U like the Wii was targeted at casuals but that audience has grown up and become hardcore gamers or has shifted to smartphones and tablets. They think they know better than everyone else, get you're head out off your asses Nintendo!

Logan Reilly
Logan Reilly

Here's to all the people who are NOT buying a Wii U and refusing to give it a chance!......................... I Hate all of you!!!

Cirno Yousei
Cirno Yousei

They'll probably go all in on the handhelds. Additionally, if R&D focuses exclusively on the handheld, who knows how powerful Nintendo's handheld will be, and if it'll still stay true to the DS and 3DS' budget pricing.

Starshine_M2A2
Starshine_M2A2 moderator

The Wii U always struck me as having a bizarre concept - particularly the controller. It was publicised as being able to play games on the controller itself, not just the console which kind of goes against the original Wii which has always been promoted as a family oriented console.


This Wii U controller seems to imply that you might get kicked off the console because you're parents want to watch TV or something.


I don't know, it just seemed like an odd move from Nintendo.

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator moderator

The idea of Nintendo making a Wii U console package without the gamepad that comes with current packages as a way to sell that console has been discussed for at least nearly a year. At this point, I agree that it is a good idea.

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

I hope another wii u price drop happens soon, I'll buy one just for the exclusives. Fired up my old Snes last night and got down with some super Mario world and super punch out.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I don't think this news surprised anyone here, even the Nintendo fans. 

Jake Albert
Jake Albert

Wii U Gamepad- a controller with a touchscreen that needs the system to work. Vita- a portable gaming system.......yeah totally like the same thing. I can see how this confuses people.......

ENGDragon83
ENGDragon83

Yeah just a shame it's not sold well and xbox1/PS4 has blown it away

Josh Hartwig
Josh Hartwig

Wii u is a sorry excuse for a sequel to the wii they just added a weird tablet to it, wii already was kinda dumb everyone had it but no really used it, Nintendo is about games that's what they know best but consoles not sure they know what they doing

klunt_bumskrint
klunt_bumskrint moderator moderator

I honestly think Nintendo need to refocus back onto the Hardcore Gamers. I really miss the days of the Nes/Snes/N64/GC.

I sold my Wii the week after it came out as it just seemed like a toy.


Come on Ninty, bring us out some amazing hidden gem of a console.

kingtrax
kingtrax

Nintendo could help save the Wii U by making it possible to create one account for all your Nintendo devices.  One Wii U and one 3DS is a step in the right direction but a lot of people have more than one 3DS.


But the biggest way to jumpstart the Wii U is to start selling SNES games for the Wii U and 3DS.  There is a lot of excitement now for all the great gaming on the 3DS, it shouldn't be too hard for Nintendo to capture that for the Wii U.  But they seem so reluctant to any change like a child having a tantrum after the other kids don't want to play "Dookie" on the playground.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Hurvl I am almost positive it was not the names that caused the Wii to tank (high console sales but the lowest tie ratio, tie in rate) or Wii U (which basically is not a next gen system just a HD Wii). They could call it almost anything- Nintendo Flamingo But without third party support, lethargic powered consoles, gimmicky trashware software, no strong online support, and an emphasis on motion controls over good gameplay has lead Nintendo down a path of obscurity. That is true no matter what they call it. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

They are still there in newer forms: Skyrim, Bioshock Infinite, Last of Us, Dark Souls, FF13, Gears, and more. I hold the good old days of gaming in deep love and respect but really how long can you keep playing the same games over and over again. 

It is also not just about graphics because physics, AI, and performance can only come with higher performance hardware. Stronger more powerful enemy and npc AI needs more processing power then just a turtle walking back and forth. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@grey_fox1984In that way, Nintendo are like EA. Everyone says "release your games on Steam already. I just use Origin, because I have to". Neither will do so, because they don't need to and exclusivity f-ing rules!

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Nintendo's main problem is that people only EVER buy their systems for the exclusives. They haven't had the best hardware on the market since SNES.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@acanofcoke I dont see how you consider their games less hardcore when theyre just as challenging,polished,complete and unique compared to the bland, generic story-focused trash the other 2 consoles constantly get.

jp_
jp_ moderator moderator

@acanofcoke In my town we have a Store called Video Game Exchange that has alot of the old Video Games and the Consoles Lol

Love it haha 

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator moderator

@kingtrax One account for everything Nintendo is a good idea. Nintendo should definitely do it because I would be more interested in buying consoles from that company. I already am interested and will get a Wii U and possibly a 3DS, but the usefulness of one account for any Nintendo stuff would make both purchases more likely.

jp_
jp_ moderator moderator

@kingtrax Your right King.  If only needed to use a Single System per user would save alot of time but, have to Create a Password for them all then the accounts lol

I mean it would be alot better then multiple Systems

klunt_bumskrint
klunt_bumskrint moderator moderator

@gameroutlawzz @acanofcoke Yeah. I just think they've been focusing too much on the gimmicky side of things. The last Ninty game I loved was Wind Waker. They need to stop buggering about trying to get everybody playing games and focus on the ones who want to play games and have been playing games for over 30 years......like me :)

kingtrax
kingtrax

@juniorpower@kingtraxWe've got a 3DS for everyone in our home.  If we got a Wii U we'd have a hard time deciding which account to add it to.  It's a bad system as it is.  I log into all our iPads with the same account.

maxpowr3
maxpowr3

@juniorpower @acanofcoke 


Interesting. I may have to stop by there and check it out when this masshole does his monthly booze run to your fine liquor establishments in NH. 

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

@acanofcoke I bet I have more! :P (Is this a competition I want to win?)

jp_
jp_ moderator moderator

@acanofcoke @juniorpower Fly down to New hampshire and come to Plaistow the Store Stock is over 8k games Most still in the Basement of the Building @_@