Wii U Sales Pass 12 Million as Nintendo Profits Increase
Nintendo Reports Profits as Wii U Sales Pass 12 Million
Nintendo has posted its financial results from April to December 2015 as Wii U sales pass 12 million.
The Japanese company reported a decrease in sales compared to the same period in 2014 but an increase in operating profit.
Notably, the Wii U sold 3.6 million units in this period bringing lifetime global sales of the consoles to 12 million.
Game sales for the Wii U have reached 79 million units, a tenth of Wii’s total software sales.
Meanwhile the 3DS’s lifetime global sales have reached 57 million with game sales totaling 264 million.
Nintendo as a company gathered 425 billion yen in sales ($3.5 billion), a 3.9 percent decrease from the same period in 2014.
This is the fifth year in a row that Nintendo’s sales have declined.
Despite this, operating profit has increased by 34 percent to 42.4 billion yen ($352 million) from the same nine months in 2014.
In terms of software, Splatoon and Super Mario Maker sold 4 million units and 3.3 million units respectively with Nintendo calling them ‘blockbusters that vitalised the Wii U platform.’
In September last year, Nintendo announced a new company president while rumours surrounding their new home console, codenamed NX continue.