Nintendo is a bit on the ?Soon-To-Be-Doomed? side. Clearly enough, we can tell that Nintendo is hurting at lot. With Wii U not selling ?enough?, and what adds to the already bad news is, 3DS is gradually getting the same sales results.
Figures are at ?46.4 billion yen or $457 million as their ending figure for their fiscal year ending in March, moving ?590,000 3DS units and 310,000 Wii U units in the last quarter. 3DS has sold a total of 43.33 million units worldwide, while Wii U only sold 6.17 million. The Wii U?s performance, without a doubt, and the need to officially report it, was one of the main causes for Nintendo?s loss of profits:
?The global sales of the ?Wii U? hardware and software [for the fiscal year] reached only 2.72 million and 18.86 million units respectively… The “Wii U” hardware still has a negative impact on Nintendo’s profits owing mainly to its markdown in the United States and Europe, and unit sales of software, which has high profit margins, did not grow sufficiently.?
While 3DS is doing supposedly good compared to the Wii U?s performance, Neither of the two platforms reached their goal for the Janurary?s expected sales number. Both 3DS and Wii U fell a bit short on the hardware sales department and only 3DS did good for the software sales.
Nintendo?s action plans for dealing with this situation, according to reports, is by increasing the number of DS games on the Wii U?s virtual console, and by introducing more software that takes ?advantage of the Wii U?s gamepad. According to Nintendo, the Wii U?s gamepad is the system?s ?most important differentiator”,?and it will play a major part in Nintendo?s rise from the ashes (of really bad sales.)
They plan to release more key titles for the 3DS as well, to help stimulate ?sales in the next fiscal year.
Nintendo?s future is going darker as we speak, but there might still be some few tricks under their sleeves that we haven?t seen. We can only hope that this ?is the case.
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