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Nintendo 3DS is outselling the Wii U

Hardware sales are up, but firm still makes a loss
Wed Oct 30 2013, 11:41

JAPANESE GAMING FIRM Nintendo has announced its latest financial results, revealing that the 3DS handheld is outselling the Wii U by a big margin.

While the firm moved 200,000 Wii U systems it shipped many more handhelds, with sales of two million 3DS and 3DS XL consoles.

This is an increase in Wii U sales, as the last time Nintendo announced financial results it could tot up only 160,000 Wii U sales. It is also an increase for the handhelds, which earlier this year sold 1.4 million units in the second quarter.

The lesson so far is that the Wii U is not doing Nintendo any favours. "The 'Wii U' hardware still has a negative impact on Nintendo's profits, owning mainly to its markdown in the United States and Europe," said the firm in its financial statement.

"The operating loss was 23.2bn Yen as total selling, general and administrative expenses exceeded gross profit due to enhancements in advertising activities to increase sales, and research and development for the 'Wii U' software among others."

Nintendo has just released two Pokemon games that shot off shelves, and it does have a Christmas season ahead of it. It's possible that some people might choose to buy one of its Wii U consoles for someone, but rival hardware, such as the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One will also be available.

The firm said that it is lining up some big games titles for the console and will release them in the runup to the holiday season in an attempt to build up some interest in its machine. We also revealed earlier this week that Mario Kart 8 will be released in the UK on 25 April, which could potentially reignite sales of the Wii U console.

To date the Wii U has sold 3.91 million units. By comparison the DS has sold 154 million. µ


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