Nintendo have published their consolidated financial highlights and they are pretty grim reading, with the Wii U shipping just 160,000 units worldwide during Q2, which runs from April to June 2013.
The company reports that the abysmal sales are “mainly due to the release of few first-party titles this quarter to strongly drive the hardware sales.”
The next game from Nintendo is The Wonderful 101 which will be released in August followed by Wii U Party in October. Games from other publishers are few and far between with Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff also scheduled for August alongside Disney Infinity. System sellers such as Mario Kart will not arrive until next year but will there be any consoles for sale by then?
UK supermarket Asda recently removed the Wii U and all its games from the shelves but confirmed it will stock certain titles online.
“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.”
Nintendo remain bullish and are still predicting to sell 9 million hardware units and 38 million games for the Wii U before the end of the fiscal year next March.
“Nintendo continues to pursue its basic strategy of ‘Gaming Population Expansion’ by offering compelling products that anyone can enjoy, regardless of age, gender or gaming experience”.
Amazingly, the original Nintendo Wii outsold its successor during the last three months with 210,000 units and 3.67 million games sold.
Sales of the ceased-production Nintendo DS range were understandably low with worldwide sales of hardware and software at 0.06 million units and 2.15 million units respectively while the 3DS shifted 1.4 million hardware units and just over 11 million games.
The Tomodachi Collection for the 3DS has sales of 3.91 million units since release in March whilst Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold a further 1.54 million units since its release Europe and the U.S.
Support for the Wii U is rapidly dwindling, EA have no titles in development while Activision have confirmed Call Of Duty: Ghosts for the console and a few children’s games including SpongeBob SquarePants. Ubisoft remain the only large third party publisher committed to the console with Assassin’s Creed 4, Rayman Legends and Watch Dogs all scheduled for release this year.