Wii U sold 160,000 between April and June
posted on 07.31.13 at 08:56 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Latest financial results reveal low sales for Wii U.

Nintendo released its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 today. And it reveals dismal sales for Wii U. 

From April 1 to June 30, Wii U sold 160,000 units, less than half of the 390,000 it sold during the first quarter of 2013. Wii U software only moved 1,030,000 units. Lifetime hardware sales are now 3,610,000, and software sales 14,440,000.

On a positive note, sales of 3DS hardware and software increased on a global basis by 12 and 10 percent, respectively, over Nintendo’s last reported quarter. And on a lifetime basis, sales of Wii hardware and 3DS software have both exceeded 100 million units worldwide. Digital content revenue generation also increased by nearly 150 percent over the same period last year.

Nintendo also saw a return to positive results in both ordinary and net incomes, and operating losses less than half versus the same period last year. See below for details.

Net Sales / Operating Income / Ordinary Income / Net Income

  • Q1 FYE 14 (April 1 to June 30, 2013) – 81,548 / (4,924) / 14,817 / 8,624
  • Q1 FYE 13 (April 1 to June 30, 2012) – 84,813 / (10,331) / (29,781) / (17,231)

Find sales for Nintendo’s other systems below.

Hardware / Software

  • 3DS
    April 1 to June 30: 1,400,000 / 11,010,000
    Lifetime: 32,480,000 / 106,040,000
  • DS
    April 1 to June 30: 60,000 / 2,150,000
    Lifetime: 153,930,000 / 935,840,000
  • Wii
    April 1 to June 30: 210,000 / 3,670,000
    Lifetime: 100,040,000 / 872,730,000

View Nintendo’s full earnings report here.

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  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    The more interesting thing is the Wii U breakdown between the regions:

    90k Japan
    60k North America
    10k Other (EU/AUS/rest)

    • Kefkiroth

      Wow, I wonder what kills the EU appeal there.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Hardly any games

      • McPoo

        No presence, in retail or on TV.

  • McPoo

    That really is awful. I wonder how it’ll do in the coming months. Surely it’ll just get eclipsed by the actual next gen consoles in the run up to Christmas?

    • MosquitoLemon

      But Nintendo isn’t really in the same market. I know they keep pretending they are by tossing out random enhanced versions of cross-platform titles, but for at least a decade they’ve made all their money by catering to a completely different audience.

      Like seriously, how many people do you think have the, “Will I get a Wii U, PS4, or XB1?” conversation? Absolutely nobody.

      I can definitely see people going back and forth between the PS4 and XB1 because they were practically the same system last gen. I know everyone here is hardcore Sony, but in real life, most people are going to follow with whatever hey had for the previous 2 generations, or maybe cross over on a whim if someone actually comes up with a decent looking exclusive.

      • McPoo

        While I agree that Nintendo are usually more of secondary console, to compliment either your Xbox or Playstation, I don’t see how they can be this time.

        The Wii was dead cheap and offered an inclusive multiplayer experience that the family could join in with. I didn’t like it, but I can completely understand why people would want one to go next to their PS360.

        The Wii U is quite expensive in comparison, lacks the big multiplayer appeal that the Wii had, and with the new Kinect and PS Eye coming out, people could get one of them and have all the motion controlled party games they want, as well as a next gen console.

        I just don’t see where the Wii U is supposed to sit. It’s not good enough to be a next gen console, it’s not wacky enough to be the must own party box.

        I think Nintendo messed up with the Gamepad too. I think it puts off people, both customers and devs. People still don’t understand it’s part of a new console, not a Wii Peripheral (part marketing fault, partly Nintendo’s fault for releasing so many damn peripherals!), and devs just don’t know what to use it for. It’s essentially been relegated to a map/inventory screen, even by Nintendo. How are third parties supposed to make use of this screen when Nintendo themselves don’t know what to do with it?

        The whole thing just irks me. People go on about the train wreck that is the Xbox One, and I agree it was a massive cock up. At least they’re able to fix it though. Nintendo are just intent on doing their own thing, even when it’s not working.

        • MosquitoLemon

          Again, the XB1 isn’t really a train wreck in the sense that the majority of consumers don’t even pay attention to E3. The only reason they had to flip their console around is because they were getting real-life bad press (like they were in real danger of having an actual consumer read a headline of, “Microsoft alienates gamers, destroys self” in a newspaper”, if they went about their business).

          Now they’ll be fine, and it’ll be a toss-up between PS4 and XB1, probably with PS4 coming out just ahead (I mean, if third parties can actually develop for the thing this time, who knows what type of library it might have).

          But the WiiU… I mean, have you played one? It’s pretty much the wacky party box that the Wii was. Everyone I know has one, they all play it at parties, everyone has a blast. Then they go home and play their actual consoles (or spend a weekend with whatever the latest Mario/Pikmin/Smash whatever is). I agree that the gimmick this time was a little too weak and a little too expensive, but costs will come down, just as they did with the PS3.

          • McPoo

            Yeah I’ve had one since launch. It’s mainly poor third party ports, and a few scraps from Nintendo.

            Personally I don’t see it as the wacky party box the Wii was, it just doesn’t have the same ‘even gran can play!’ vibe, even though it’s capable of using the Wiimotes.

            I think if they do want it to be the party box, the price is incredibly important. The people that bought a Wii last time to whip out Wii Sports at a dinner party aren’t going to want to spend £270 on a Wii U when they’ve got a Wii that already plays lots of party games. The Wii U doesn’t offer enough to that audience to make it a worthwhile purchase.

            I think one of the biggest problems is that with Nintendo being on the fence when it comes to what they want the Wii U to do, Marketing can’t really market it in any meaningful way, other than advertising the meagre releases Nintendo throws out every now and then.

            They knew the Wii was going for the mums and grans audience, and they were fantastic at marketing it. Their ads were corny, but bang on in terms of audience and I can’t fault them for it. The odd advert for the actual Wii U console I’ve seen have been all over the place, because they don’t seem to know who to aim it at.

            That’s how I see it anyway. I’d like to say that everyone I know uses their Wii U at parties and stuff, but I literally know nobody who owns one or has any intention of owning one >.>

  • drios07

    Oh I don’t know Nintendo bring some good games over, like say dragon quest and continue to bring similar games over to the west let see how sales go. Stop being stingy.

  • zakou

    160k isn’t bad, i don’t see how people would call it “low” seriously.

    • Watahashi

      That’s shipped. As in, stores aren’t selling their stock so they’re not ordering any more. 10k in the entire non-NA non-JP world is absolutely horrible.

      • BigDix

        Wrong-aroni. Check again: Sold, not shipped.

        • Sevyne

          The numbers you see are in fact shipped. Nintendo says “sold” because they have in fact “sold” that many to retailers to stock on shelves. You need to learn to understand the difference between a third party and first party source giving you sales figures, because there is a big difference.

          • BigDix

            Because third-party figures are more neutral and unbiased, mm? Or they make the differentiation in providing “real” sales figures? Where is reliable sales data that contests Nintendo’s consolidated sales numbers, or otherwise differentiates them from shipped units? Since Nintendo certainly does not make that differentiation.

            EDIT: Well Sevyne, I’ve reviewed the data, and it seems Nintendo can be taken at their word. 160k sold, not shipped. It would in fact appear Nintendo possibly lowballed their numbers, but I’ll chalk that up to margin of error and rounding.

            • Sevyne

              I think you missed the point and are a little confused by what I mean. It’s not that thirty party figures are biased or unbiased, but it’s two different truths from different perspectives.

              I mean the difference is that from the first party perspective (Nintendo) even units shipped to them are units sold (and technically they are), so of course they will say “units sold”. This is further reinforced by the fact that Nintendo doesn’t directly profit off of the units sold at retail, but actually the units shipped that they sell to those retailers. They do indirectly profit obviously since Nintendo will only be able to sell to a retailer willing to buy, and they’ll only be willing to buy if the console is actually moving off shelves.

              To a third party source however, shipped is simply shipped and sold is what is actually pushed into consumer hands. They distinguish the difference because to them there actually is a difference. That’s what I’m talking about.

              Trust me, I’m not implying that there is any foul play in the numbers, because technically Nintendo are telling the truth.

              I hope you understand what I mean by this, because I honestly don’t want this to turn into some sort of crazy argument that is entirely unnecessary. Yes, I know my wording is rather poor, but you are going to have to work with me here!

              • BigDix

                I’m not confused; I provided for exactly what we’re talking about as well as the issue of bias, depending on how you yourself were approaching it and viewing it. So we’ve established bias is probably not an issue, but like I said… The situation here is apples to apples, believe it or not. Sold means sold here.

                Gematsu provides weekly Media Create sales data. Nintendo provided a regional breakdown in their report. All one need do is cross-reference the two. Nintendo states 90k sold in their consolidated earnings report. But we can creatively rationalize that ‘sold’ means ‘shipped’ here, right? We can, but it’s no more than a bogus assumption in the end. Because the precisely corresponding data from Media Create puts Wii U hardware moved into the happy little hands of actual customers at just over 100k. Which is exactly the right ballpark and makes perfect sense, accounting for margin of error, rounding for the report, and varying tallies from Nintendo to Media Create. So yeah, sold means sold.

                • Sevyne

                  Wait, where are you seeing 90k sold? This article is showing 160k which is what I was talking about and with that, the MC sales do not line up. Am I missing something here? I honestly want to know.

                  Edit: Ugh, brainfart. Sorry about that. I’m getting confused here. Yeah, the 160k is worldwide. Regardless though, wouldn’t sales outside of Japan be pure speculation too since we very rarely even get those numbers?

                  • BigDix

                    Whether or not there’s a third-party outlet regularly publishing sales data for Wii U hardware in other regions, I assume Nintendo knows how many units they’ve moved. The Media Create data just so happens to verify Nintendo’s use of the term ‘sold’ as meaning what one would first think — sold, to consumers. Go figure.

                    Also, whoever the stupid fuckwit is watching the thread to religiously downvote my comments here, you’re free to explain how you figure to disagree with positively verified empirical data. No understand Internet cave man???

    • Ivan Junior

      160.000 worldwide is freaking horrible, man. I wonder if it’s selling worse than the GameCube?

      • zakou

        160k is not horrible, give me a basis on how and why 160k is low and horrible if they still make profit on such shitty console?

        Funny how i get downvotes, ahh don’t tell me i already know, people think i’m defending wii u, yes i shouldn’t have came back to this site.

        Some people think they work for Nintendo and make milions with them, so if the console dont sell in milions they say it’s “low” sale.

        • Ivan Junior

          Nintendo is in a grave danger with that new console. As said below, these numbers are the shipped ones. We didn’t even know how many were sold. But I believe Nintendo can save it this fall, as they did with the 3DS.

          • zakou

            Well i don’t really care about nintendo xD but that doesn’t change the fact that 160k is decent sale :P not low or horrible or bad.

            People online have this mentality, especially on this site: “Yay nintendo is going down, shitty sales, PS3 FTW” “lets bash and laugh at the wii u”

            Ignoring the fact that 160k isn’t bad xD well im done here, people here only understand bias, see someone with 0 bias and they think you are a fanboy/defender lol.

            Imo the wii u sucks so 160k is amazing for such weak hardware :O

    • Sevyne

      Because it actually is horrible. Am I a biased fanboy for that like you are claiming everyone is below? I happen to own a Wii U myself and want the damn thing to succeed. I want games for it.

      • zakou

        160k for hardware is not horrible, especially for time like this where there is no games for Wii u.

        Come back to me when this games comes out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq6jJZkRuE8

        And tell me then that the sales are horrible, i bet you the sales will be good just because of this new Xeno games from Monolith.

        Just because other consoles sell more with amazing line up doesn’t mean wii u also has to sell amazing with basicly 0 new games as of now, 160k for such a bad time is good.

        • Sevyne

          Hey, I’m not saying they won’t get better. If there is one thing you should never do, it is to count Nintendo out. For the time being though, the sales are horrible. Trust me, I actually want them to get better and they will once the games start rolling in.

          • zakou

            Again, with 0 new games in months, 160k is not bad for selling a console that has so little games and no new ones in the months that the 160k sales came from.

            It is understandable, why do you people expect the console to sell 500k during time with no games? If 160k is horrible with 0 games then 500k sales with 0 games should be good right?

            “0 basis, everyone just keeps saying “it’s horrible man trust me”

            If i had a console with such low libary and bad launch i would be pissing myself if it sold 160k in 3 months with basicly 0 new releases, and even more sales before that? with also like no new games.(don’t know the sales before april)

            • Sevyne

              The thing is that you are defending the fact that it has no games by saying this. I don’t expect any system to sell with no games. What I do expect is a system to have games in the first place. Games or not, selling like crap is selling like crap no matter what I would “expect”.

              • zakou

                “games or not, selling like crap is selling like crap no matter what”

                You just said that, basicly a console with no games selling hundreds of thousands is crap, money is crap, profit is crap, xD

                “it’s crap, trust me man”

                You also say “I don’t expect any system to sell with no games” but you also say 160k is horrible.

                Ok let’s not drag this on any longer.

                • Sevyne

                  Yes I did say that. My expectations don’t make the facts any less true though. Listen, you can try to spin this however you want (both my words and Nintendo’s sales), but putting a positive spin on the situation really doesn’t change anything. It’s just perfume on a turd sandwich.

                  You are right though in saying, “Ok let’s not drag this on any longer”. We are clearly in disagreement and with no intentions of coming to any sort of agreement. Let’s just leave it at that.

  • Bob Obb

    Ouch. Gamecube 2

    • Zackasaur

      Worse, at the moment.

  • Zancrow

    I’m guessing the 3DS is killing the Wii U, since people would rather get the cheaper 3DS with way more games than the expensive Wii U with just a few games.
    At least this is why I’ll get a 3DS the moment the next Pokemon comes out. xD

    • Ivan Junior

      Well, it’s not like 3DS is blamed for this. Nintendo is. Wii U needs great games to sell like candy.

  • bldudas

    Region locking doesn’t help with the Wii U, since people can’t import games not available in their region, and importing a Wii U is expensive.

    • Ritsujun

      Exactly, old-school console is f-old-school.

  • LordKaiser

    They tried to repeat the strategy that they did with Wii by releasing low end and this time it failed. I hope that the next time they release something powerful to compete. Not competing means losing this time.

    • anti

      But you’re forgetting Nintendo tried releasing a powerful console before, it was the Gamecube, but everyone went with the weaker PS2 anyway because it had games lined up, and furthermore it had backwards compatibility so there were things available to play right off the start.
      People can easily say they need a more powerful machine, but it wouldn’t really matter if there’s a lack of games to launch it with. PS3 started off poorly for nearly 2 years because they had a lack of games as well, and it always takes time to build a proper line up for any console.

      • LordKaiser

        You’re missing my point. what I’m saying is that the same strategy don’t necessarily works twice. The Wii clearly outsold the other 2 consoles but that same strategy failed this time.

        And BTW the Dreamcast was the weakest, the PS2 was on the middle ground and the GC discs where limited in capacity.

        • Sevyne

          Actually you are wrong about the Dreamcast. It was actually the most powerful of the 3. Though to be fair here, the difference in that aspect between all 3 was pretty negligible.

          You are right though that the same strategy don’t always work and it’s clear it isn’t this time.

          • LordKaiser


            That’s not what the specs say. the Dreamcast started strong with Skies of Arcadia, Grandia 2 , Soul Scalibur and other exclusives (some temporary) but it was not enough

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    This is my biggest problem with the Wii U. They first revealed it in 2011. They had been working on the Wii U before then.

    So, because of this, I have a hard time excusing Nintendo for the lack of games available on the Wii U. They should have way more Nintendo developed games out already. I’ll give the Zelda team a pass here. They launched Skyward Sword very late in the Wii’s life cycle.

    This year alone, all of those games they pushed back to 2014. It’s killing them. The big exclusives is what you need right now, Nintendo. They will help you truly get started. Well, that and some kind of price cut.

    Just imagine if all the games announced last year and this year were coming out this year. If they dropped the price to around $250-299, they would have the following games to help sell the console.

    (Some of these games are apparently planning to launch this year. I’m including them anyways.)

    Bayonetta 2
    New Donkey Kong
    Mario Kart 8
    Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (20??)
    Super Mario 3D World
    Super Smash Bro’s U
    New Zelda (20??)
    Wind Waker HD
    Wii Fit U
    Wii Party U
    Yarn Yoshi

    That’s just a few. The ones that don’t have 2014 or later release dates, are supposed to come out this holiday. With the new consoles coming out, and no price drop, that doesn’t really help them either.

    They needed to strike early this year. If they had, the Wii U should be gaining some ground right now. They could have had most of those games out, with a few of them slated for October or so.

    I also think Nintendo should continue to try and separate themselves from the competition. I think they key for doing this is risk. They have to be willing to take more risks with established Nintendo franchises. Playing it safe isn’t going to help. They also have to continue and establish online. It’s pretty obvious they are behind when it comes to online.

    A good first step is to simply build the digital market. Every new game that comes out should be available to buy online. This applies to the Wii U and 3DS.

    Speaking of the 3DS. They have to either find creative ways to combine both platforms, or try and make the experience on both as different as possible.

    You can’t expect the Wii U to improve, if you constantly knock it down a few steps with your other hardware.

    The above is just a small bit of my thoughts concerning the Wii U and Nintendo. The funny thing is, if they drop the price… I’ll actually go out and buy one. I want to play some of those games. The current price is too high. It’s almost as expensive as the PS4.

    How about a new $249 deluxe model. It has 60gb of storage and comes with either The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, or Lego City Undercover. They could also release a new $299 model. It has 120gb of storage and comes with one of the new holiday games. CoD perhaps? New Wii Fit or Party bundles?

    Just food for thought.

    • shogunknight

      I agree. With the price of its competing consoles and features they hold, its going to be difficult to convince everyone to buy the WiiU. This may seem too soon but the price drop is the most logical option including a new model with a larger drive. The numbers are way too small for a HD console and PS4/X1 are just around the corner. They need to act fast

      • miyamoto

        Even if they drop the price to less $50 and still have no new games it won’t work for them….in fact its like suicide.

    • LordKaiser

      I agree so next time they have to make a console strongest than the PS5 or XBOXMegaOne or at least equal. I feel that the SNES was Nintendo’s stongest console ever.

  • Zackasaur

    That is exceptionally bad, and there are a lot of reasons for it… But I’m late to the commenting party, and my fellow Gematsuites have done a good job of summing up the situation.

    I want updated Vita numbers. I know they’re at least better than the Wii U numbers, but still not fantastic.

  • EvE

    i hope they get back on track soon… i don’t wanna say goodbye to Nintendo :/
    it’s like saying goodbye to a really good friend :/

  • DarthNemesis

    I said this would hapoen.The lack of NEW franchises, high tech hardware and online features has finally caught up with them.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Lol no. This is happening because they hardly put any advertising behind the product and what they DID advertise was rather vague, and left a lot of consumers questioning what the Wii U really brought to the table, wondering if it was worth the purchase. Nintendo should have done a better job informing everyone.

      It has nothing to do with the “lack of NEW franchises”, “high tech hardware”, or “online features”. If that were true, there wouldn’t be so many people looking forward to the new Pokemon (which is a series that’s 10+ years old) on the 3DS (which is hardly considered “high tech hardware”) with its online features (which are minimal at best). Oh and Ace Attorney also says “hi”.

  • fallen

    Wait, so… this year, the Wii has actually been outselling the Wii U?

    Wow. It’s like the transition from PS2 to PS3 all over again.

    I guess that’s just how it goes when you’re trying to follow up a wildly successful console?

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      A wildly successful console that had a hell of a lot more advertising for it. There were a LOT of people that were either misinformed or just plain ignorant about what the Wii U actually was when it was first announced. A lot of people seemed to think it was just an upgrade of the predecessor, rather than a whole new console.

      • kuusou yume

        To be fair, the name isn’t helping with people like us who keep up with game news.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          That’s what I’m saying. Someone really dropped the ball on this and it probably started from there, then just snowballed.

  • kuusou yume

    I sold my Wii U. I’ll get another one eventually (given that I have 5 games preordered for it already)

  • Ritsujun

    Wii duUum.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    The problem with WiiU the way I see it is that Nintendo doesn’t seem clear on what target audience they’re aiming for and what they are doing with the WiiU…

    Seems to me that they are catering to all kinds of the audience at their fingertips and they are having more than they can chew…

  • tokyobassist

    Man I love me some Nintendo but damn…something is holding me back on buying one and I can’t put my finger on it. There is clearly enough content that justifies a purchase of the console but one reason that prevents me from really feeling comfortable with investing in a Wii U is the accessories and whatnot.

    The Wii quite frankly is a pain in my ass and expensive because of all the remotes, pro controllers, nunchukus, rechargable battery packs…It’s simply just excessive and until they start getting cheaper, Plus the clutter?
    Ugh…that’s the reason why I only have 1 remote and pro controller now and it sucks. I want my friends to play but it costs me an arm and a leg so fuck it.

    Rather get a PS4 so I can be like “Controllers BOOM” “Game BING” “Play Game With Friend BAM”. No hassle. I want to support Nintendo but they are making it hard. Love the 3DS though. Among the best handhelds next to the PSP and GBA.