Wii U Sales Rising in Latest Financial Report
Nintendo reported today that the Wii U sold 460,000 units worldwide in the six-month period ending September 30, 2013.
If there is one positive sign in Nintendo’s latest financial reports, it’s that the Wii U sales this quarter were higher than the one prior, as Nintendo managed to sell 300,000 more Wii U consoles this quarter, compared to 160,000 in the previous quarter. Total sales are still falling short of the company’s goal of 9 million units for the fiscal year ending March, notwithstanding, it did not change its forecast.
The increase in sales is largely due to the console’s 50$ price drop, the Wii U Zelda bundle, and compelling software released adding life to a weak library that has little third-party support. In addition, ending the Wii’s production should also help with sales, as Nintendo was essentially cannibalizing it’s own Wii U as long as Wii remained on store shelves.
The incoming holiday season will surely see an increase in sales for the Wii U, but Nintendo does face strong competition come Holiday, with the release of Sony’s PlayStation 4, and Microsoft’s Xbox One coming this November.