Nintendo sold just 160,000 Wii U consoles globally between April and June 2013, including a paltry 10,000 units throughout Europe and the Australasian region combined.
The Japanese company released the numbers in their quarterly earnings report, which also revealed the original 3DS (1,400,000 units) outsold the newer 3DS XL (990,000) in the same period. Despite the greater numbers from the smaller and cheaper 3DS, the two combined for an increase of 530,000 units sold over the original 3DS in the April to June period last year.
Worryingly for Nintendo, the original Wii – again, cheaper than the comparatively fresh Wii U – outsold the newer console by 50,000 units worldwide.
The Wii U has had a troubled existence so far, with console prices set clearly above what many people want to pay for what is likely to be a second console in the living room. Its problems continued to grow greater this year as developers and publishers left the GamePad-toting console behind, following their customers to Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360, a trend which may continue with both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launching later in 2013.
There should be brighter days ahead for Nintendo as it builds towards the release of a number of first-party titles however, which will no doubt lead to a boost in sales by people yet to buy into the system. Some of the titles set for a 2013 launch include Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Super Mario 3D World, while Mario Kart 8, a Super Smash Bros entry, an original Legend of Zelda experience and an HD remake of The Wind Waker are slated for 2014.