Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th May 2014 22:04 UTC

Nintendo's reported a staggering loss of $456 million for the past financial year. The blame is being laid squarely at its relatively young console, the Wii U. Sales have slowed significantly: Nintendo sold 2.72 million Wii Us in the last twelve months. (Running totals for the Xbox One and PS4: five and seven million, respectively). In the last quarter, only 310,000 units were sold. Meanwhile, Nintendo's handhelds continue to sell more favorably: 12 million 3DSes were sold in the last financial year, meaning there's now just shy of 43 million sold globally. It remains third consecutive year of losses for Nintendo, but CEO Iwata claims that this incoming financial year will see a return to operating profit ($394 million, he reckons) and millions more consoles sold. Then again, he said similar things last year.

It's not looking good.

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by liamdawe on Wed 7th May 2014 22:29 UTC
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I rarely comment here, but have to on this.

I owned a WiiU and sold it recently because not only is the game collection tiny and mostly terrible, but the OS itself on it is awful to use and terribly slow.

Hell, it didn't even come with an ethernet port, you have to buy an adapter...COME ON. The wireless on it is also terrible.

They are trying to push their e-shop, yet the units come with bugger all memory, so you almost always have to buy extra memory for it.

The WiiU game-pad is awful at FPS games, I tried both ZombiU and Dues Ex and the aiming was god damned awful. The sticks on it felt so un-precise it was not a fun experience.

I felt like it was aimed at people who don't usually use any form of technology.

The power of it is a joke as stated by more and more developers, the fact that they think Mario rehashes are going to save it is even more of a joke.

How long will it take for Nintendo to realise Mario just doesn't sell any more? Pokemon, now that sells. Bring out a WiiU exclusive Pokemon game similar to the ones on 3DS (not some stadium or pokemon snap bull) and watch the WiiU EXPLODE WITH SALES. How they are not doing this is beyond me.

Edited 2014-05-07 22:32 UTC

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