Nintendo Profits Fall 60%, 3DS 6.79M Units, Wii U 3.26M Units in 12 months

Nintendo Profits Fall 60%, 3DS 6.79M Units, Wii U 3.26M Units in 12 months - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 27 April 2016 / 6,962 Views

Nintendo in its latest fiscal results for the 12 month period ending March 31, 2016, revenue dropped by 8.2 percent to ¥504.5 billion ($4.5 billion). Profits fell by 60 percent to ¥16.5 billion ($149 million).

The Nintendo 3DS sold 6.79 million units during the fiscal year, while 3.26 million Wii U consoles were sold. 48.52 million games were sold in the 3DS and 27.36 million games were sold on the Wii U.

Here are software figures for hit titles:

  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer - 3.04m units
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon - 1.22m units
  • Splatoon - 4.27m Units
  • Super Mario Maker - 3.52m Units
Nintendo plans to ship just 800,000 Wii U consoles during the next fiscal year. Nintendo also plans to ship the Nintendo NX in March 2017, alongside the next The Legend of Zelda, which will release on the NX and Wii U.
Two of Nintendo's most popular franchises are making their way to smartphonesFire Emblem and Animal Crossing.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Darwinianevolution (on 27 April 2016)

The 3DS is falling down in sales fast, the WiiU can't catch a break and their software output is too slow. Considering how things are, Nintendo should focus on avoiding losses prior to the NX launch, to not cause panic on their investors.

Paperboy_J (on 27 April 2016)

It's like watching the Titanic sink. Effing depressing.

KLAMarine (on 27 April 2016)

Not depressing at all: it's exciting when Nintendo's got a fire lit under their feet. Forces them to act.

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Shiken (on 28 April 2016)

With R and D going into the NX and low output for the WiiU this year, I believe they are taking a hit just to prepare for a major holiday 2017 for the NX. Have Zelda as a launch title and announve some more megatons E3 2017 and we could see some major waves next year. I mean it should be obvious by now that all their focus is on NX at this point, so of course sales will lag till it releases.

thewastedyouth (on 27 April 2016)

I do not feel bad for Nintendo because I remember when they said they didn't care about their old fans and wanted all of the casual audience that got the Wii now all those people left them for smartphones

KLAMarine (on 27 April 2016)

Really? When?

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Paperboy_J (on 27 April 2016)

When the heck did they say that?? And even if they DID say that (which they didn't), it would have been their old president, not their current one.

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peterdavid12345 (on 28 April 2016)

You guys act like Nintendo is going bankruptcy or something. Tbh, im not much of a big fan of them, as a Sony fan, im actually quite jealous of how successful and popular they are compare to both PlayStation and Xbox. Yes, im talking about 1st party here. Best or better is a subjective matter (personally, i think Sony has the best 1st party, again this is just me) but Nintendo is def the more popular one. So yes, they will live and healthy. Business is up and down. Shit happen. With that being said, i hope one day my favorite game company aka Sony, get the chance to be as mainstream and as loved as Nintendo, it's the pinnacle achievement :3.

Rogerioandrade (on 27 April 2016)

The 3ds situation is ok, it doesnīt have any serious competitor and there are some great games still coming. As for the WiiU.... they pratically abandoned the platform, which in my opinion was a terrible decision. They should give the WiiU a decent support, even if itīs not selling so well. That may hurt the companyīs reputation with its fans even more. Thatīs really depressing. Nintendo needs their mobile business to skyrocket fast, because on the console front, the future seems dim.