Nintendo Shipped 3M Wii U's During the Holiday

by William D'Angelo, posted on 30 January 2013 / 4,639 Views

Nintendo has released its quarterly report for its third quarter which ended December 31, 2012. For the first nine months of its fiscal year Nintendo posted revenue of 543 billion yen, which is down 2.4 percent when compared to a year ago. After posting a loss a year ago, the company has profited 14.5 billion yen for the first nine months.

Nintendo also released sales of its video games. The company sold 3.06 million Wii U's, as well as 11.69 million Wii U games. To compare Nintendo shipped 3.53 million Wii's during its launch and 45.08 million Wii games. Also New Super Mario Bros. U sold 2.01 million units and Nintendo Land sold 2.33 million units.

The 3DS has now sold 12.71 million units during the nine month period which started April 1, 2012, as well as 39.56 million 3DS games. New Super Mario Bros. 2 has sold 5.96 million units and Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold 2.73 million units.

Nintendo has also cut its fiscal year forecast for its  consoles which ends March 31, 2013. Nintendo now expects to ship four million Wii U's, down from 5.5 million. Nintendo has also cut its 3DS forecast to 15 million units shipped, from 17.5 million units. Also 2.3 million DS's will be shipped, instead of 2.5 million.

Despite the drop in the number if consoles shipped Nintendo has raised its profit forecast. Nintendo expects profits of 14 billion yen, up from six billion yen. Revenue was dropped to 670 billion yen, from 810 billion yen.


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8 Comments

itsyounghavok (on 30 January 2013)

looks good. THe software numbers are way off from what VG has though, and I mean WAY off. Im assuming this is the first look a how good game downloads have been for the Wii U. In these two games' case several hundred thousand.


Olivernintentoal (on 30 January 2013)

Yeah vgchartz numbers are WAY off, about half of the real numbers given by Nintendo. Of course at least some of that is because of the digital sales, but unless the digital versions are selling just as well as the retail, vgchartz estimates are too low.


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kumagawa (on 31 January 2013)

The WiiU sales number is shipped not sold to customers that holds true for the game sales as well.


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Michael-5 (on 31 January 2013)

So if the two biggest Wii U games sold 4 million units, where did the other 7 million come from? VGC has every other title selling 10k-30k only......something's fishy.


the_dengle (on 31 January 2013)

The "11.69 million Wii U games" probably includes eShop games like Little Inferno, Chasing Aurora, and Trine 2. They're a lot cheaper than retail games so I wouldn't be surprised if they're in the 100ks.


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the_dengle (on 31 January 2013)

...either that or a lot of the retail Wii U games are heavily undertracked. Or some combination of the two.


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ryuzaki57 (on 31 January 2013)

shipped titles sitting on shelves?


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chidori-chan2 (on 31 January 2013)

Good sales. Wii u is going much better than Ps Vita actually in you first year...


dark_gh0st_b0y (on 30 January 2013)

not bad at all... things can only get better anyway


DieAppleDie (on 30 January 2013)

not that bad, it will eventually pick up some steam..


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MDMAlliance (on 30 January 2013)

Because the most powerful system ALWAYS wins the market, right?


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EntilZha (on 01 February 2013)

Somebody needs to double check the numbers. "Nintendo shipped 3.53 million Wii's during its launch and 45.08 million Wii games" So everyone that bought a Wii at launch purchased 12-13 games to go with it? Sounds suspicious to me.


tripenfall (on 31 January 2013)

a fairly strong start, but the next few months looks fairly quiet..... A steady stream of 3rd party titles are needed asap


Devil_Survivor (on 03 February 2013)

Well the good news is Nintendo is making a profit again, and now Sony how about you turn one too ;). I seriously doubt the Wii sold that many games in its launch because as someone point out below; that's a 11-12 game attach ratio per console. Then again, I did buy 16 games when I bought my PS3, but just saying a little suspect.