Nintendo Profits Half of Forecast, Weak 3DS and Wii U Sales

by William D'Angelo, posted on 24 April 2013 / 6,946 Views

Nintendo has released its full year sales report for its fiscal year which ended March 31, 2013. Revenue reached ¥635 billion ($6.38b), short of the forecast of ¥670 billion ($6.73b). The company posted a profit of ¥7 billion ($70.32m), this is half of the ¥14 billion ($140.63m) that was forecasted. However this is a major improvement over the previous fiscal year where Nintendo posted a loss of ¥43 billion ($431.94m).

Nintendo has also released its sales figures for the Wii U and 3DS, as well as several games. Nintendo has shipped a total of 3.45 million Wii U's as of March 31, which is short of the four million that were projected earlier this year. Nintendo had first projected it would ship 5.5 million Wii U's by now. Wii U shipments for the first quarter of 2013 were only 390,000 units.

3DS total shipments have reached 31.09 million units, which puts shipments for the first quarter of 2013 at over one million units. The Wii continues to inch towards 100 million units, which 99.84 million units shipped. The Wii managed to ship 460,000 units in the quarter. Nintendo DS shipments have reached 153.87 million units.

On the software side, Nintendo has shipped 13.42 million Wii U games since its launch. 2.60 million units of  Nintendo Land have been shipped, while 2.15 million copies of New Super Mario Bros. U has been shipped.

Total 3DS software shipments currently sit at 95.03 million units. Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are by far the bestselling 3DS titles, with shipment figures of 8.29 million and 8.08 million, respectively. Nintendo has shipped 6.42 million units of New Super Mario Bros. 2, 3.86 million units of Animal Crossing: New Leaf and 3.28 million units of Nintendogs + Cats.

Wii software totals have reached 869.06 million units since its launch. The pack-in title Wii Sports has shipped 81.99 million units, by far the bestselling console game of all time. Nintendo has shipped a total of 34.26 million units of Mario Kart Wii, 27.88 million units of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, 11.72 million units of Super Mario Galaxy, and 11.49 million units of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Nintendo has managed to ship a total of 933.69 million DS games since its launch. New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart DS are the bestselling DS titles with shipment figures of 30.38 million units and 23.34 million units, respectively.

Nintendo has also released its forecast for the 2014 fiscal year which ends March 31, 2014. The company expects profits of ¥55 billion ($552.48m) and revenue of ¥920 billion ($9.24b). Nintendo expects to ship nine million Wii U's and 38 million games for the platform. 18 million 3DS consoles and 80 million 3DS games are expected to be shipped.

Nintendo also plans to ship two million Wii consoles, which would push it over 100 million units lifetime. Also Wii software shipments are expected to be 20 million units. While Nintendo did not released DS shipment figures for the 2014 fiscal year, the company does expect to ship 10 million games.


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10 Comments

dedis GR (on 24 April 2013)

They need more games especially for Wii U....


jalidi (on 24 April 2013)

At least Nintendo's back in black, hopefully they can build on it.


DieAppleDie (on 24 April 2013)

I think numbers are misleading when compared to Wii/DS Thats the best selling console duo will ever exist, numbers by itself are good and healthy


Dechizen (on 24 April 2013)

then you dont understand how console gaming works, they need to make money off games, the wii didnt sell a lot of games, the high sales vgchartz are bundles


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Ckoal (on 24 April 2013)

You Do Realize that the Wii Sold the most exclusives correct. Even if you factor out all the Wii title games, like Wii Sports, and Wii Fit, and WiiPlay, Mario Kart sold like more than any other game, excluding Call of Duty. And that's not even all of it. There New Super Mario Bros, Mario Galaxy, Just Dance, Mario Party, the Zelda Games sold pretty well, and So did Metroid Prime 3 and Other M. THere there were like a lot of other games that broke the Million threshold but I can't remember them all... The Wii sold lots of games... Just not in it's last year.


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Rogerioandrade (on 24 April 2013)

They just jumped out from that high loss situation they had on 2011. How bad is this? By the way, the 3ds sales were no way low or dissapointing. The title of this article is misleading


oniyide (on 27 April 2013)

its not misleading Ninty themselves say they are let down by the numbers. We know better than Ninty?


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Dechizen (on 24 April 2013)

rip wii u


Araknie (on 25 April 2013)

I can say only this: What console, Nintendo Sony and Microsoft included, aside from the NES that does not count because there was only that in that time frame, had games in the first year? And i mean exclusives. Oh you will see it again with PS4 and Durango, it's impossibile to come up with lots of exclusives the first year. Look at all the other consoles ever existed and stop being Nintendo haters. If you want game developers to grow up and have an healthy market all depend on us gamers so don't forget history and be smart or all the hate will only bring a second gaming breakdown. Sales are already down for every system in the last few months in respect to last year even when there are so much better games, just because people are hating everything everywere. R.I.P. Wii U, yeah if so R.I.P. PS3, PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360 if you see only their first 4 months. Really, stop the hate. How? By saying that you love the haters every time they appear. Surprise love.


Demensha (on 24 April 2013)

Wonder if Nintendo felt bad for destroying the vita with the 3ds so they launched the wii u to make Sony feel better.


Cerebralbore101 (on 24 April 2013)

Yeah, the Vita is getting blown to bits by the 3DS. The 3DS XL is cheaper, has more screenspace, and has better graphics due to movie quality 3D. Meanwhile the Vita has few exclusives, lacks backwards compatibility, and requires the purchase of a memory stick to save games.


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ganoncrotch (on 27 April 2013)

@Cerebralbore101
you getting some red thumbs there from someone who loves their vita too much it seems to like you pointing out the actual weak points it has compared to the XL, you know I think the actual lack of backwards compatibility hurts it even against the psp since there are some great psp games coming out in the end of it's lifespan and it's easier to just have a psp for those games than a vita still.


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kumagawa (on 24 April 2013)

Is the 3DS overtracked? as Nintendo shipped 1.25 million in the first quarter while while Microsoft shipped 1.3 million 360's yet the sales chart show the 3DS selling more every week.


Max King of the Wild (on 26 April 2013)

Probably 300k overtracked for Wii U and 3DS


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sidious164 (on 24 April 2013)

wii u is a failure and will continue to be.


FarleyMcFirefly (on 24 April 2013)

Semi good news


oniyide (on 27 April 2013)

how so?


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