Nintendo only ships 160,000 Wii U units in Q2 2013

The launch of the Wii U console from Nintendo is looking like it will be a big financial drag for the Japanese company, but Nintendo still manged to bring in a profit for the first quarter of its 2013 fiscal year (the second quarter of the calendar year 2013).

Nintendo's press release stated it generated a profit of 8.62 billion yen, or close to $88 million, for the quarter, even though its revenues actually went down by 3.8 percent year-to-year. Nintendo said its profits were due in part to currency exchange gains, along with profits from selling its portable 3DS console.

Nintendo's Wii U, which launched in November 2012 in the US, only shipped 160,000 units in the last quarter, which is below the 390,000 units it shipped in the previous quarter. Nintendo put the blame on the lack of "key first-party titles" for the Wii U. The company insists they will solve this problem with major new Wii U first party games in the second half of 2013 and 2014.

However, Nintendo is also predicting that it will ship a total of 9 million Wii U units in its current fiscal year. That sounds incredibly optimistic considering that it has only shipped a fraction of that amount so far. Nintendo also doesn't seem to consider that Microsoft and Sony both have their own next generation console launches that will almost certainly generate more interest than the Wii U will toward the end of this year.

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I would kill to have a Metroid or a Zelda on a good console like the Xbox One or PS4, and not that piece of **** that is the Wii U.

Nintendo should do like Sega did and stop working on bad consoles to concentrate on games.

I think people find the system design kind of confusing. I'm not real what the remote with the screen on it does and how it works with the console. The old Wii remotes were also a lot of fun so why change them?

I just want Nintendo to make a normal console, with a normal controller. That's all. I'm sick of these weird controllers. I'm mad that the Wii U is just a Wii+. I want to sit on my couch with a traditional controller and play a traditional 3D Mario/Zelda on my own and a Mario Kart/Smash when people come over.

These motion-tablet-multiple-controllers-for-different-games-I'm-not-even-sure-how-it-works crap has to stop. Just bring back the Gamecube controller (or similar), stop pretending you don't have competitors and make a next gen system, and I'll buy your system.

tl;dr: Be a normal competing system with a single traditional controller.

"multiple-controllers-for-different-games-I'm-not-even-sure-how-it-works"

I shouldn't have to do research on how the input device of a console works, definitely not when their demographic is casuals and families. Do you think what you just said would make sense to my Grandma?

astropheed said,
"multiple-controllers-for-different-games-I'm-not-even-sure-how-it-works"

I shouldn't have to do research on how the input device of a console works, definitely not when their demographic is casuals and families. Do you think what you just said would make sense to my Grandma?

On the back on all WiiU and Wii game cases show the supported controllers for said game. On the packaging for the Wii U and Wii controller they have a icon of what the controller is.

johnnyq3 said,
On the back on all WiiU and Wii game cases show the supported controllers for said game. On the packaging for the Wii U and Wii controller they have a icon of what the controller is.

You're making it sound like this isn't the problem; this is exactly the problem.

I kind of regret buying the deluxe model when it was released. I bought it for my brother but it could definitely use some signature game releases soon.

Wii u = 160'000
Wii = 210'000
3ds = 1'400'000 + 990'000 (3ds xl)
ds = 60'000

However, about software
Wii U = 1'030'000
Wii = 1'500'000
3ds = 11'010'000
ds = 2'150'000

Nintendo is selling less consoles but selling more software.

From the lack of games, the poor marketing and the unbelievably stupid name this has to be the worst Nintendo console launch in history. Without games no one wants it and the name doesn't really convey what it is to the average consumer (is the Wii U a Wii addon, an updated Wii, what is it? I already have a Wii so I guess I don't need this). Personally I hate the tablet style controller too, though not as much as the Wiimote.

Stupid name? i guess you don't know marketing. Nintendo went with "Wii U". To help target the younger people, like your 8 to 10 year olds. Not your 18+.

Iwata really needs to go. He's completely oblivious to competition and what consumers want. He's driving Nintendo to the ground.

You know whats funny, if you were to read Neowin, Reddit and Gamer news sites over the past few months you could have sworn have the world was jumping ship and abandoning Xbox and going full blown Nintendo..

But reality is, it was a bunch of BS and the WiiU is still selling worse than the old Xbox 360 & PS3..

All I've heard was that Wii U has been under performing. Ever since it's launch.

The past few months have been dominated by the announcements surrounding XBO ans PS4.

Like it says in the article, Nintendo is going to release a lot of first party games in the coming months. For those of us who enjoy Nintendo, we are very excited for this. Hopefully, they can be more successful. I really love Nintendo. I just know their hand consoles will always be around.

unfortunately no, they're not. there's just a few games they're releasing this year, and they're not even the most anticipated ones, the majority and most of the good ones are next year, and not just that, they're spring 2014, so they're almost a year away.

I'd love some zelda, smash bros and mario kart for my Wii U but...

It's dead, Nintendo REALLY need to go 3rd party, they will end up in a much better spot than Sega did as they have stronger IP's.

WIIU is selling worse than the Gamecube, I bet Ouya may sell more than the WIIU.

Wow... just... wow.

Edit: Now Nintendo should seriously consider moving their IP to Mobile and other Console platforms and just being a software company. Of course, they may be winning in other areas, but I certainly don't know about that.

The biggest issue for them in my opinion is their demo consoles.

Since before the launch I've been into game shops and looked at the consoles and the games that are playable on them. They only have Mario and Rayman, 2D side scrolling platformers are great and all but it's not really showing me why I aught to pick up a Wii U over a DS (or ps 1 for that matter).

Maybe it's just me but I'd be more tempted to buy if I could see say Monster Hunter or something before I hand over my cash.

Its never going to get any better either.

The article says Nintendo puts the blame on lack of "key first-party titles" but basically all the major developers and publishers have said the Wii U is a waste of time.

So the conclusion here is that the chief problem with the system will never be resolved.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Good for you, but most people aren't willing to spend that much money for a handful of exclusive games.

Did he say otherwise?

I wish Nintendo would make games for other consoles. I can't justify a WiiU but I would love to play Smash Bros and Mario on Xbox.