Nintendo Slashes Wii U Sales Forecast, 3DS Perfomance Worse Than Expected

No gamer is going to be surprised by the fact that the Wii U isn’t performing as Nintendo expected on the market, with sales being really low all over the world. However no one probably thought that even the 3DS has performed below the company’s forecast.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explained today that the Wii U’s estimated sales are down from 9 million to 2.8m, while 3DS is down from 18m to 13.5m., with the company now expecting another full year loss.

“In particular, sales in the US and European markets in which we entered the year-end sales season with a hardware markdown were significantly lower than our original forecasts, with both hardware and software sales experiencing a huge gap from their targets.”

“In addition, we did not assume at the beginning of the fiscal year that we would perform a markdown for the Wii U hardware in the US and European markets. This was also one of the reasons for lower sales and profit estimates.”

Things don’t look too good for the 3DS as well, despite being the top selling platform in the US last year.

“Nintendo 3DS did not reach our sales targets in the overseas markets, and we were ultimately unable to achieve our goal of providing a massive sales boost to Nintendo 3DS in the year-end sales season.”

“Using the US market as an example, Nintendo 3DS became the top-selling platform in the last calendar year… however, the estimated annual sales of the Nintendo 3DS hardware remain significantly lower than our initial forecast at the beginning of the fiscal year.”

It’s really a shame that the situation didn’t manage to improve, despite some really good releases that should have boosted sales in the West. It’ll also be interesting to see what Nintendo will do to prevent this from happening again this year.

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