Nintendo has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Wii U Party and Super Mario 3D World all sold over one million units during the Christmas period, although things are still looking on the bleak side in terms of hardware numbers.
“While these titles each sold over one million units, the Wii U business as a whole was not able to recover fully, and the global sales of the Wii U hardware and software reached only 2.41 million and 15.96 million units respectively,” said the company in a recent investment call (via VG247).
“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 sales of software, which has high profit margins, did not grow sufficiently.”
During its lifetime to date the Wii U has sold 5.86 million and 29.37 million games, while the 3DS has sold 42.74 million units and 152.29 million games. While figures for 3DS sound good, Nintendo is still expecting a $336 million loss as Wii U and 3DS software in Europe and U.S is not selling at the rate expected and the original prediction of 9 million Wii U units sold before the financial year end is expected to fall way short, with around 2.9 million units sold for the year now predicted.
Investors are calling for Nintendo shake things up in order to turn more profit. Suggestions include releasing games on smart devices, working with other hardware manufacturers and the immediate retirement of Satoru Iwata.