Nintendo shipped 3 million Wii U consoles in 2012
Some bad news from Nintendo: the company has announced that it managed to ship a total of 3.06 million Wii U consoles in 2012. With those disappointing numbers, Nintendo cut the forecast of 5.5 million Wii U consoles by the end of the fiscal year (March 31, 2013), down to just 4 million.
When it comes to games, Nintendo shipped 11.69 million first party Wii U games. Sales leader was Nintendo Land, with 2.33 million units and New Super Mario Bros U with 2 million units. It was recently revealed that Wii U sales were behind both the original Wii and the GameCube.
Business wise, Nintendo took a nine-month operating loss of $63 million, while it estimates year end profits of $150 million, based on a weaker Yen.
Nintendo also revealed some 3DS sales data: lifetime sales of the 3DS are now at almost 30 million units, while the older Wii is approaching 100 million (currently sales are at 99.38 million).
Back in 2012, Nintendo first estimated Wii U sales at 8 million by the end of the current fiscal year. It was later adjusted to 5.5 million, and now adjusted once again to 4 million. Hopefully the upcoming Pikmin 3 and Zelda: Wind Waker HD will increase sales of the Wii U.