Wii U continues to struggle as 3DS booms

By Steve Watts, Oct 31, 2013 3:30pm PDT

Nintendo's Wii U console has failed to light the world ablaze, resulting in lowered projections for previous financial periods. The latest fiscal numbers from the company show some progress for the tablet-based console, but it continues to struggle.

The results show that Nintendo sold roughly 300,000 Wii U consoles between July and September. This period includes just over a week of the Wii U price cut, which had been announced in late August. 300,000 is a certainly a large improvement over its first quarter, which only moved 160,000 Wii U units. That puts its lifetime sales units at 3.91 million.

Nintendo outlined its strategy moving forward, with a focus on key first-party titles to "regain momentum." It also made mention of software bundles, and the upcoming free download to promote the release of Wii Fit U.

Standing in stark contrast to the Wii U is the 3DS, which moved a whopping two million units during the same period. That puts its lifetime sales at approximately 35 million. A supplemental financial release today also noted that five 3DS games sold more than one million units in the period: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and the Japanese Tomodachi Collection. That doesn't count Pokemon, which released after the fiscal period, but it will most certainly appear as a top seller in future results.

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