Nintendo records strong software sales despite poor hardware sales
In terms of hardware sales, the Wii U only sold 1.8 million units worldwide during the quarter, bringing the total number of Wii Us sold to 12.6 million. The number of Wii U units sold is dwarfed by its competitors with Sony selling 35.9 million PlayStation 4 units, and Microsoft selling 18 million Xbox One units. In comparison to the Wii U, Nintendo’s handheld the 3DS sold 3.6 million units during the same quarter.
Despite the poor performance of the Wii U, Nintendo’s software sales have been steady. Splatoon has sold 4.06 million copies since launch, and Super Mario Maker has sold 3.34 million units since launch. While Splatoon and Super Mario Maker both performed extremely well, Nintendo stated that Yoshi’s Woolly World, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U all showed steady sales.
Nintendo also reported they sold 20.50 million amiibo figures, as well as 21.50 million amiibo cards. Finally, Nintendo reported that the sales of additional download content for 3DS and Wii U increased to 30.5 billion yen (€231.6 million).
Overall, Nintendo’s Q3 earnings report is mixed as the poor hardware sales saw the company make a net profit of 29.1 billion yen (€220.1 million), nearly a 36% drop on last year.
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