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Nintendo sells just 160,000 Wii U consoles in second quarter

Sells a lot more handhelds
Wed Jul 31 2013, 09:50
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JAPANESE GAMING FIRM Nintendo has released its latest financial results, and revealed quarterly Wii U hardware sales of just 160,000.

The Wii U has had something of a torturous time. It has been almost consistently outsold by Nintendo's other consoles and has suffered from something of a games drought.

Before the end of the year it will face increased competition from the upcoming Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4 consoles, and even now it is challenged by older, smaller handheld consoles.

This month we have seen a delayed Activision announcement that it will launch half a dozen titles on the Wii U console, but this came shortly before high street supermarket chain Asda revealed that it will pull the Wii U off its shelves.

"Asda continues to offer customers a selection of Wii U games and accessories through Asda Direct, but these ranges are currently not on offer in Asda shops," said the retailer.

"Asda will stock [Wii U] games on a title by title merit basis as they come along through Asda Direct. We will continue to support Nintendo as a format holder partner."

Although Nintendo Wii U versions of games like Angry Birds are tempting, not being able to buy the console in the first place presents something of a problem.

Fortunately, perhaps, not many people are trying to buy a Nintendo Wii U console. According to Nintendo's quarterly results (PDF) it has sold just 160,000 consoles in the last three months.

If that sounds okay, compare it against sales for the 3DS handheld console. Nintendo shifted 1.4 million of the 3DS units. Gameswise the WII U console did alright, clocking up over one million in game sales, but the 3DS moved over 10 million games.

Nintendo reported an operating loss of around 5 billion yen, or just over £35m. µ


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