JAPANESE GAMES COMPANY Nintendo surprised investors with news of a $224m profit for the July to September quarter, after strong sales of its Wii U console and games including Mario Kart 8.
Nintendo's profit is a huge swing compared with the $97m loss during the previous quarter.
The firm announced Wii U sales of 610,000 for the three-month period, adding to the 510,000 of the previous quarter and taking Nintendo's six-month total past the million mark. The firm sold just 460,000 units during the same period last year.
Nintendo said it is expecting to sell an additional 2.48 million Wii U consoles by the end of the financial year in March 2015.
Nintendo shipped 9.4 million Wii U games over the quarter. The firm didn't identify its most popular titles, but hinted that Mario Kart 8 was its biggest hit.
"Since the May release of Mario Kart 8, the Wii U platform has been experiencing improved sales momentum," Nintendo said.
While Wii U sales were up, Nintendo's handheld 3DS console haven't done so well ove the two past quarters.
The firm announced 3DS sales of two million, down from 3.9 million this time last year, along with around 233 million games, down from 273 million during the same half-year period in 2013.
However, the firm did boast that Super Smash Bros for the 3DS has already managed to shift 3.2 million copies, and is expecting its Wii U version to see similar success when it is released later this year.
Nintendo added: "We will release Super Smash Bros for Wii U in November in the US, and in December in Japan and Europe. It is the first year-end sales season for Wii U in which two big Nintendo titles will be available." µ
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