3DS Sales Remain Strong While Wii U Flounders in 2013

Nintendo’s newest quarterly report reveals even more bad news for Wii U, but has great news for 3DS.

By Kyle England. Posted 07/31/2013 10:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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Nintendo’s global financial results for the last quarter– spanning from April to June 2013– are here, and now we’ve got all the juicy numbers. In no surprise at all to anyone, the Wii U is still doing terribly when it comes to sales.

The Wii U moved just 160,000 during this quarter. Compare this to the regular ol’ Wii, which sold 210,000 units during this same timeframe. Somehow a console that’s nearly 7 years old managed to outsell its successor this quarter. Total Wii U sales around the world now sit at 3.61 million, a number that’s not too entirely bad.

However, don’t feel bad for Nintendo just yet. The Nintendo 3DS remains as strong as ever, and sold more than enough to pick up Wii U’s slack. Last quarter, Nintendo’s portable wunderkind moved an impressive 1.4 million units. Two 3DS games during this quarter also passed the million mark in sales: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Nintendo still remained profitable during the last quarter, and overall had lower operating losses than this time in 2012. Great job! Undoubtedly, the fortunes of Wii U can only go up from here. Nintendo has a high profile first-party title being released every month for the rest of 2013. That, combined with a price drop, can pull Wii U out of this slump.

Source: IGN

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