Six Wii U games sell over a million copies
By continuing pursue its strategy of “Gaming Population Expansion” by producing games that can be enjoyed by the masses, Nintendo has achieved some impressive attach rates with a few of its Wii U titles and sales numbers for its Nintendo 3DS titles during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.
Since Pokémon X/Pokémon Y was simultaneously released globally back in October last year, it has sold 12.26M units, while Animal Crossing: New Leaf, released first in Japan in 2012 and subsequently in the west in June of last year, has sold 3.80 million units (7.66 million units life-to-date). Other key first-party titles released this year such as Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team also performed well, with each becoming two million unit sellers. Nintendo hasn’t been hogging all the success however, as it reports that there have been hit titles from third-party publishers (none were specifically mentioned however). As a result, the worldwide hardware and software sales of the Nintendo 3DS hit 12.24 million and 67.89 million units respectively.
The following is a list of top selling Nintendo 3DS titles (Includes bundled and downloadable version):
- Pokémon X/Pokémon Y (12.26M)
- Mario Kart 7 (9.62M)
- Super Mario 3D Land (9.27M)
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 (7.82M)
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (7.66M)
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3.98M)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3.35M)
- Nintendogs + Cats (3.50M)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2.51M)
- Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2.21M)
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2.08M)
- Tomodachi Life (1.85M)
Wii U didn’t have as an amazing year, but some of it does have some impressive feats of its own. Five of it’s first-party titles, including Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U became million-seller titles, despite the Wii U business as a whole showing slow growth. As a result, worldwide Wii U hardware and software sales hit only 2.72 million and 18.86 million units respectively.
The following is a list of top selling Wii U titles (Includes bundled and downloadable version):
- New Super Mario Bros. U (4.16M, 67% attach rate)
- Nintendo Land (3.09M 50% attach rate)
- Super Mario 3D World (2.17M, 35% attach rate)
- New Super Luigi U (1.76M, 28% attach rate)
- Wii Party U (1.35M, 22% attach rate)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (1.22M, 20% attach rate)
Nintendo DS still has some life in it as well, with global hardware and software sales for last fiscal year at 0.13 million and 10.29 million units respectively.
Still alive, but slowly dying out, Wii hardware and software sales for the last fiscal year were at 1.22 million and 26.16 million units respectively.
In total, net sales were at ¥571.7 billion, ¥394.7 billion or 69.0% of which came from overseas.
“The Wii U hardware still has a negative impact on Nintendo’s profits owing mainly to its markdown in the United States and Europe, and unit sales of software, which has high profit margins, did not grow sufficiently, leading to a gross profit of 163.2 billion yen,” Nintendo told investors. “Total selling, general and administrative expenses exceeded gross profit, resulting in an operating loss of 46.4 billion yen. Also, due to depreciation of the yen at the end of this period compared with the one at the end of the last fiscal year, exchange gains totaled 39.2 billion yen, leading to an ordinary income of 6.0 billion yen. On the other hand, mainly due to the balance of deferred tax assets reduced in relation to the losses carried over in the United States, there is a net loss of 23.2 billion yen.”
On Wednesday, Nintendo reported a $229 million loss for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.