Nintendo has revealed that they’ve sold a meagre 160,000 Wii U consoles over the last three months. That figure represents global sales. This was revealed during the company’s first quarter financial reports for the March 2014 fiscal year. Nintendo is blaming the lack of first-party titles for the low system sales.
This drop for the quarter represents a 51.3% decrease in sales since the previous quarter. To date, Nintendo has sold 3.6 million Wii U consoles across the world. Don’t forget that Nintendo initially aimed to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles by March 2013. Software sales are also down from the previous quarter; Nintendo has sold a paltry 1.3 million software units compared to last quarter’s 13.42 million. Adding insult to injury, the Wii outsold the Wii U over the last three months managing to shift 210,000 units.
Despite these abysmal figures, Nintendo remains hopeful now that a number of Wii U exclusives are beginning to appear on the horizon. Pikmin 3 was the first of these highly anticipated exclusives and is now out and doing well on sales charts, but there are way more to come including new Mario Kart, Bayonetta and Donkey Kong titles. New IPs are also waiting in the wings, such as Platinum Games’ Wonderful 101.
Source: Games Industry International