Wii U Sales Surpass 10 Million Worldwide

Nintendo’s new financial report shows all the latest numbers.

By Kyle England. Posted 07/29/2015 08:00 5 Comments     ShareThis

Nintendo has published its latest earnings release today, with all kinds of details about earnings and sales from the latest financial quarter (April – June 2015). The life-to-date sales of Wii U have revealed that the console passed a milestone this last quarter– sales of it have surpassed 10 million hardware units worldwide. Worldwide software sales amount up to over 60.1 million so far. 470,00 Wii U consoles were sold this past quarter, which is slightly down from the same timeframe last year.

While this is certainly a milestone, the numbers aren’t exactly stellar for a console that has been on the market for 2 and-a-half years. If sales continue along this trend, Wii U is on track to end up being Nintendo’s least-selling home console ever. This comes below the Gamecube, which had just under 22 million lifetime hardware sales worldwide. However, despite its sales, Wii U is making Nintendo a profit.

In overall financial news, things are looking good for Nintendo. This report is the first time since 2011 that Nintendo has reported a positive operating income. Nintendo generated over $729 million (90 billion yen) in sales, with an operating income of $9.3 million (1.1 billion yen). The company attributes this success to the launch of Splatoon last quarter, which has sold over 1.6 million copies so far.

Meanwhile, Nintendo 3DS sales are looking great, with current lifetime hardware sales at over 53 million units so far. This includes all models, including this year’s recent additions of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. Lifetime software sales for 3DS are up to a whopping 233.5 million units.

Just for fun, let’s look at the new Wii numbers as well. Wii games are still being made, so Nintendo is also keeping track of Wii sales. Wii consoles sold 40,000 units this past quarter, which brings lifetime hardware sales of the machine up to a staggering 101.5 million units.

Source: Nintendo

5 Responses to “Wii U Sales Surpass 10 Million Worldwide”

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    Just imagine if Nintendo made the next system real good. Sure want to see a return to form.

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    Read some other articles on Nintendo, at least they are making a profit now. I would hate to see them go the way of Sega. We need Nintendo to keep on going, but for sure they need a system that is up to par with the other two (or even better preferably) to compete and get back the 3rd parties. I’m all for the weirdness of Nintendo systems, but they have always been behind the curve on system specs, HD support, etc while at the same time have always been innovative. It’s kind of weird really, but hope they come back in a real strong way.

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      Drew Ciccotelli says...

      The Wii U is a better system than the “other two”. By your logic something is only good if it looks pretty, puts out and has big muscles. The Wii U isn’t for everyone but that doesn’t diminish its quality over its peers.

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    That was my point, it is a better system with better games. Putting words in my mouth by assuming I want better graphics and power is not true. By your logic it is good for a system to fail because they simply refuse to get with the program. It’s not about competing with the other two, it’s being able to run the other games people might want. Nintendo can still do their own games their own way, but look at this project cars game. Cancelled because the system couldn’t handle it. That is the point. Nintendo used to have tons of third parties on board, but look how they are now. The first party games are the only thing keeping the Wii U afloat. That is not good from a business standpoint, as has been proven. They have resorted to making toys to turn a profit. That’s fine because I like Amiibo, but when there are no core franchises being released besides Mario Kart and Smash, something is up. Where are the games people are begging Nintendo to make? Metroid, Zelda, 3D Mario, etc? It’s frustrating for a Nintendo fan to say the least. I believe they can do both-cater to the casual market with the motion control and other gimmicks AND make solid core games for the Nintendo fans.

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      Drew Ciccotelli says...

      What program are you talking about? Is there something I missed about Nintendo turning a profit on a low selling system that shows how Nintendo’s business is “doing it wrong.”

      Define casual market and tell me what Splatoon is?

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