Nintendo Sells 460K Wii U Units in Last Six Months

Nintendo says that it sold 460,000 Wii U units worldwide in the six month period that ended on September 30. The figure was revealed as part of the company's financial results for the last three months. In this quarter the company only sold 300,000, despite knocking $50 off the price tag of the system a few months ago. The company also had a number of high profile releases to go alongside that price cut including Pikmin 3 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.

The company reported a small profit of ¥600 million (or $6.1 million), an improvement over a ¥28 billion ($186 million) loss in the same period a year ago.

A total of 6.3 million units of software were sold in the last six months, but the drag from lagging hardware sales continues to have a "negative impact on Nintendo's profits," According to Nintendo. The company also reported a loss due to price cuts in Europe and the US, as well as costs associated with advertising and game development. Nintendo had a target of 9 million Wii U unit sales by the end of the 2014 financial year, but given that it has sold only 3.91 million units to-date, meeting that target seems highly unlikely. Despite the challenges, Nintendo is holding on to that sales target, saying that it will try to reduce the cost of hardware manufacturing and offer consumers the console "at an affordable price by bundling software with the system."

Meanwhile, sales of 3DS hardware fell slightly for the quarter compared to last year. Around 3.89 million units were sold during the quarter, while software sales came in at 27.38 million units total. Those sales were driven by Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Animal Crossing: New Leaf accounted for 2.49 million units worldwide on its own.

Nintendo is optimistic about the 3DS going forward, noting that Pokémon X & Y's early sales are "further propelling the popularity of the system."

Source: IGN by way of Andrew Eisen.

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