Nintendo Stays the Course Despite Distance From Wii U Sales Forecast

Nintendo hopes to have sold 9 million Wii U consoles by March 2014, despite global Wii U hardware sales currently sitting around only 3.9 million units since launch.

According to Nintendo’s last financial report, while the Wii U saw an increase in hardware sales by 87 percent compared to the previous quarter, that increase was only literally by around 300,000 units, putting Nintendo’s consoles sold to 460,000 since April.

Still, just like its 3DS brethren, the Wii U also saw an increase in software sales – with a 400 percent increase against the previous quarter, Nintendo sold 5.27 million Wii U units. All indicators point to The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD (and its deluxe Wii U bundle) and Pikmin 3 as major causes for this increase, with future release Super Mario 3D World and others to supplement following financial quarters.

Despite acquiring $2 billion in sales from April to September, costs and international rates reduced that to a net profit of only $6.1 million. Still, this is a ridiculous improvement compared to the same time period last year, in which the company lost $285 million instead.

As it stands, Nintendo remains unshaken in its forecast of $560 million net profit by March 2014. The releases of Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3, Pokemon X & Y, and the 2DS, with other big releases like Super Mario 3D World on the horizon, have seemingly convinced Nintendo to keep its forecast the same.

Dakota Lasky