Nintendo's Wii U falls short of already reduced shipment predictions

In January, Nintendo cut its shipment predictions for its Wii U console from nine million units to just 2.8 million for its fiscal year that ended March 31st. Today, the company issued its actual Wii U shipment numbers for its last fiscal year and as it turned out, its latest game console couldn't make even those reduced estimates.

The report states that only 2.72 million Wii U consoles were shipped worldwide in the company's fiscal year. So far, the console has seen 6.17 million units shipped since it launched in November 2012. By contrast, Sony said it has sold seven million of its PlayStation 4 consoles since it launched in November 2013 and Microsoft says it has shipped five million of its Xbox One units to stores in that same time frameFor the last quarter, Nintendo said it shipped 310,000 Wii U units. Microsoft's Xbox One sold 311,000 units just in the U.S. in March 2014.

Overall, Nintendo recorded a net loss of $228 million in its last fiscal year, compared to a profit of $71 million for the previous year. Nintendo claims that Wii U sales will be boosted by upcoming exclusive games such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. It also said that it will promote what it believes are the strengths and values of the console's GamePad touchscreen controller, including its NFC capabilities.

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The Wii U will pick up with Mario Kart alone being released soon. They have nothing to worry about, they already have their money-printing machine called the 3DS.

How many people here would buy Nintendo games (especially smash bros!) on XB1 or PS4 but aren't interested in buying a Wii U?

I know tons of people like this.

It won't happen but if they were to release smash bros on XB1 and PS4 they can do what Soul Calibur did and have exclusive characters. Xbox would obviously get Master Chief and PS4 would get guys like Jak and Ratchet

For a long time I've been waiting an announcement that Apple has either heavily invested or bought them outright. The two company's have a very similar disposition to being different. Apple could bring a lot to the table for them with hardware. Imagine Nintendo titles running on an Apple TV box. It would seem like a natural fit to me. Nintendo's situation reminds me very much of Apple of the late 1990's.

I really hope Apple doesn't buy them. I doubt that'll happen but it'll be terrible if it does.

It makes a lot more sense if Nintendo just goes third party on consoles. The DS is still doing well so they can continue doing that, but for home consoles just release on XB1 and PS4, they'll sell a lot more games.

no don't let Nintendo die away! Their games are classics and a Nintendo should be in everyone's homes by default.

They'd be in a lot more people's homes if they went third party. Their consoles suck but they have good game franchises. The XB1 and PS4 have already outsold the Wii U, Nintendo should just release games on them. They'll look better and have an online system worth a damn.

mrp04 said,
They'd be in a lot more people's homes if they went third party. Their consoles suck but they have good game franchises. The XB1 and PS4 have already outsold the Wii U, Nintendo should just release games on them. They'll look better and have an online system worth a damn.

The xbox one isn't close to out selling the wii u yet. Even a basic google search would tell you that.

Marketing won't help a crappy product. It is so backassward playing older games on this. And the whole UI is slow and unintuitive. My kids hardly play it. We own a PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, N64, GameCube, Wii, and a Wii U. They all agree the Wii U was a huge disappointment.

Let's release a new console, but without any good games at launch and we won't advertise it. Brilliant!

I loved Nintendo and the SNES is still my favorite console of all time. It's sad to see how far they've fallen.

Drop the Wii U and release games on PS4 and XB1.

"smaller, cheaper and powerful console"
You want cheaper you're not going to get more powerful

acido00 said,
I just hope they drop Wii U and instead they release a smaller, cheaper and powerful console.

You want them to do a Sega?

I haven't bought anything Nintendo in a while, however I have always missed childhood n64 characters being in my games. What i wouldn't give for Microsoft to buy Nintendo before Sonys gaming dept. really starts gaining some profits after their large PS3 deficit. Master chief, Alan wake, etc vs Mario bros super smash, Mario kart on Xbox one. ..i can dream

Bad branding. Console based off gimmicks and overpriced. Still haven't learned how to make a good online network. No must buy games. Alienating serious gamers. Previous generation hardware.

Nintendo needs to get rid of Iwata if it wants to succeed.

Xilo said,
Bad branding. Console based off gimmicks and overpriced. Still haven't learned how to make a good online network. No must buy games. Alienating serious gamers. Previous generation hardware.

Nintendo needs to get rid of Iwata if it wants to succeed.

And who would replace iwata? All these callers for iwatas head never name anyone who'd be capable of "saving" nintendo.

Also, nintendo isn't the only player in the 8th gen of consoles who released a box 'overpriced and based on gimmicks'. Of course though, that company not being named nintendo probably means they'll get a free pass.

I don't know who would replace Iwata, but he's running Nintendo to the ground.

Wii U is NOT an 8th gen console. It's previous gen hardware. That was Nintendo's biggest mistake. Yes, Xbone is kind of a gimmick as well, but Kinect is not really the main focus but it did drive up the price and is one of the main reason's they aren't selling as well as the PS4.

Xilo said,
I don't know who would replace Iwata, but he's running Nintendo to the ground.

Wii U is NOT an 8th gen console. It's previous gen hardware. That was Nintendo's biggest mistake. Yes, Xbone is kind of a gimmick as well, but Kinect is not really the main focus but it did drive up the price and is one of the main reason's they aren't selling as well as the PS4.

Generation is determined by time, not by hardware power.

its a good fun system but really only for Mario/Zelda stuff. I really think it would of sold better had they marketed better. People though MS did bad but Nintendo should have there picture next to the definition of bad marketing. Like others have said i know several people that though the Wii U was just some stupid addon controller thing. Even know someone who bought a wiiu game thinking it was going to work on there wii. Wii U was the stupidest name ever. Even after being out for over a year now i feel like they should release a new sku after E3 and start changing the name to something else lol i really dont think it would cause near as much more confusion than leaving it would fix compared to leaving it Wii U even if they just called it the damn U or added something to better differentiate it.

I really dont want nintendo to go down though it would be nice to see Zelda on PS4 and XO lol

Houtei said,
its a good fun system but really only for Mario/Zelda stuff.

This. Where are the rest of the games? Metroid? Star Fox? Good RPGs?

I agree with the lack of Wii U specific games. I recently bought the Wii U for my son, because he wanted to play Zelda and Mario games, but I cannot believe that they don't even have a Pokemon game for the Wii U, or even one in the pipeline that I am aware of. Personally, I would have chosen a different console. In fact, I will likely get an XBox One or a PS 4 sometime soon, just so I can play some decent games. At least the Wii U is backwards compatible, so I can use Wii controllers and games, which at least opens up some additional gaming options.

As much as I have come to love Nintendo, I have to say I'm rather disappointed with the Wii U. It feels like it was thrown together with everyone at Nintendo just simply hoping for the best.

They needed AAA launch titles and instead they launched the console before anything decent was really available (in my opinion).

Hey Nintendo, your console is a gimmick. Your games are good though. Help gamers to help you. That means "No more consoles"... do what you do best: Games

No more consoles please... no more touchscreen crap... no more sensors... No more Wii-####. Give us great Xbox and Playstation games, we will buy them. Don't ask us to buy an overpriced and obsolete console...

I've been hoping for this for a while. The Wii and Wii U are both weaker than the competition. The Wii sold a lot thanks to the motion gaming gimmick but that's over. Plenty of people I know would LOVE to purchase Nintendo games, but not enough to buy their console. Lots of people just buy 1 console per generation and if you're doing that then Nintendo's isn't the best to get.

Plus Nintendo is terrible at online play. They still haven't worked out a decent online system. Releasing games for XB1 and PS4 would mean they don't have it, it's already implemented.

I really hope they go third party soon. If not this generation then the next. Hopefully Wii U is their last console.

Nintendo's real problem is that they have blinders on. They saw huge success with the Wii, figured they were the exception to dealing with the competition, and are now being humbled due to their lack of insight.

I think they can do better going forward, but realistically, they have some pretty outstanding flaws, as mrp04 mentioned regarding online play, as well as their poor handling of online accounts. If they're going to participate in the console war, they need to do their research on the things people are actively looking at and do it right.

It's 2014 already; this stuff should be standard...

myxomatosis said,
Hey Nintendo, your console is a gimmick. Your games are good though. Help gamers to help you. That means "No more consoles"... do what you do best: Games

No more consoles please... no more touchscreen crap... no more sensors... No more Wii-####. Give us great Xbox and Playstation games, we will buy them. Don't ask us to buy an overpriced and obsolete console...

You do realize that when you said "obsolete console" you also described the latest iterations of the platforms you want nintendo games on, right?

I think the wii u had been released in the uk for about 6 months before I found out

The marketing for this product has been zero

True, read the Amazon reviews for all the early Wii U games. There will usually be at least one saying "Bought this, won't run on my Wii". Many people I know who aren't techies, thought the Wii U was an add-on for the Wii.

McKay said,
True, read the Amazon reviews for all the early Wii U games. There will usually be at least one saying "Bought this, won't run on my Wii". Many people I know who aren't techies, thought the Wii U was an add-on for the Wii.

to be fair, that's what I thought. Initially I thought the wii-u was the fancy controller with the screen in it

dead.cell said,
It's the goddamn name! Everyone continues to this day to believe that it's just an accessory!

Should have dropped the name Wii completely, or called it the Wii 2. Definately invest in better advertising, the general public has no confusion about what the Xbox One is, or the PS4.

They should have had Super Mario Kart available on release day. Not nearly 2 years later.
I don't fear for Nintendo anymore. They created their own hole, and I'm more than happy to see them get swallowed up by it. Clearly the lack of decent titles hasn't been enough to spur them on, why should anyone bother buying their console.

As for my Wii-U, well I do hope that someone manages to get past the security on it. Would make a nice media player and/or emulator machine. Certainly would get a lot more use than it currently does.