Nintendo Shipped Just 160k Wii U Consoles in the Last Three Months

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.

Source: Nintendo



  1. Ouch….

  2. Harsh numbers but as a Nintendo fan there really isn’t that much pushing me towards a Wii U at the moment. Super Mario 3D Land U and Zelda U are still ages away and even the superb looking Mario Kart is releasing in 2014.
    Then again, I’d have to think about the Wii U being a good purchase for only a tiny hand full of games that I’d actually be interested in. Might as well wait for the console to hit a very low price and pick it up then for the hopefully then better backlog but that strategy won’t help Nintendo shift consoles today.

  3. This is bad, even though I wanted Nintendo to get some punches after just focusing on the casual crowd, it’s not good if they have to go…

  4. Ouch! Been enjoying my Wii-U console a lot recently but the lack of games certainly is an issue.

    Obviously there are plenty of games coming out over the next few months (Pikmin3, W101, Rayman Legends, Mario, Donkey Kong, Wind Waker HD, MK8, Smash Bros, etc, etc) but I doubt many of those will help shift consoles and I wouldn’t be surprised if those 3rd party games are in the bargain bin a few weeks later.

    Shame really as Nintendo really do seem to be the only games company out there who get that games should be fun. Not every title has to be an online shooter or a movie with some occasional gameplay elements.

  5. Bit of a bummer for nintendo.

    On a different note…. If there are first party and third part developers, who are the second party? And if there is first person and third person views, what thee hell is second person view?

    • i always wondered about those points too…

    • I believe second party are companies such as thatgamecompany which have some of the benefits of first party as in getting help from other studios, but do not have the financial backing and tied by contracts.

  6. Seeing as the 360 did roughly a million per month last year with the PS3 outselling that… These figures look horrendous! Hope they pick up soon.

  7. just realized – think I’ve had every Nintendo Console since NES (SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii) but not even considering the Wii U. Such a shame….

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