Posted By Shaun K. about 4 months ago
Nintendo has released information on their first quarter (April-June) sales and it’s a mixture of positives tempered by one major negative. To begin on a happier note, the company has posted ¥8.62 billion (approximately $88.2 million/£58 million) in profit for this period of time. Nintendo attributed these profits to substantial currency exchange gains due to the depreciating value of the yen and forecasts its net profit to rise to ¥55 billion (around $562 million) by the end of the fiscal year. It is also a major improvement on the ¥17.2 billion loss the Big N posted for the 1st quarter in 2012 as well.
Much of this success also comes from the 3DS, which sold 1.4 million units worldwide during this three month period broken down into 640,000 units in Japan, 400,000 in Europe, and 360,000 in North America. The continued success of the handheld was attributed by Nintendo to their strategy of releasing “key titles one after another.” Among said titles, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon were touted as key titles with the former selling 1.54 million copies during the 1st quarter in North America and Europe and bringing overall worldwide sales to date up to 4.54 million copies since its initial Japanese release last November. Dark Moon achieved sales of 1.43 million units for the quarter, bringing its worldwide sales up to a more than respectable 2.65 million units and overall 11.01 million 3DS games were sold worldwide in the first quarter.
Also finding success in the last quarter was the Wii, which reached a heck of millstone with by selling 210,000 units worldwide, bringing its lifetime sales to just over 100 million mark with 100.04 million units sold. This marks the third time Nintendo has had hardware that crossed that line (the other two being the DS with 153.93 million units sold and the Game Boy with 118.69 million) and the first time a home console from the Big N has managed to achieve this accomplishment. By way of comparison, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have sold to date 78.2 million systems and 77 million units worldwide, respectively, since their own launches.
Unfortunately, this is where the good news comes to an end. As it turns out, those Wii sales also mean the aging hardware had a better quarter than its successor. The Wii U saw depressingly low sales in Q1 with only 160,000 units sold worldwide for the three month period; the breakdown goes: 90,000 in Japan, 60,000 in North America, and a painfully low 10,000 in Europe. Nintendo acknowledged the weak sales of the Wii U and listed the main cause for them being “mainly due to the release of few key first-party titles this quarter to strongly drive the hardware sales.”
Indeed, the release of Pikmin 3 in Japan (not included in these numbers of course) has seen decent sales that have also lead to 22,199 Wii Us being sold in Japan in its release week. Nintendo is, of course, planning a steady roll out of new first, second, and third-party Wii U games of which Pikmin 3 will only be the first of in the remaining months of 2013. These titles include The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Wii Party U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, The Wonderful 101, Super Mario 3D World, Sonic Lost World, and Wii Fit U. Whether or not these will be enough in the fact of the upcoming launches of the PS4 and Xbox One remains to be seen. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of gaming news worldwide and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.