Nintendo’s Wii U is clearly not doing as well as the company had hoped, and recent figures on the console’s sales have not changed that. According to a recent report by Nintendo, it was revealed that the company made an operating loss of around $50 million on net sales of $832 million in the first quarter of its financial year. The report went on to reveal the number of Wii U consoles that were sold worldwide between the months of April to June, with the console selling around 160,000 units. While this number seems pretty big to the average observer, it should be noted that this is actually a 51.3% decrease from last quarter.
3.61 million units of the Wii U console have been sold so far and this is shy of Nintendo’s prediction of 5.5 million systems they expected to move by the end of March. Nintendo 3DS handheld console sales have also dipped to 1.4 million units over the quarter, a decrease of 25% from last year, although software sales have gone up which some have attributed to new titles. Earlier it was reported that a UK retailer had decided to drop the Wii U console from all their locations. Nintendo executives have even gone as far as to blame the 2011 Tohoku earthquake as the reason the sales have been sluggish.