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Here Are the Most Alarming Numbers From Nintendo’s Earnings

Not-so-super Nintendo

Nintendo had another rough fiscal year in 2013, with declining Wii U and 3DS sales making for the company’s third annual operating loss.

Here’s a quick rundown of Nintendo’s numbers for last fiscal year:

  • For the Wii U, Nintendo sold 2.72 million units worldwide, down from 3.45 million units last year. Nintendo had originally projected to sell 9 million Wii U units in 2013. Even Nintendo’s revised estimate of 2.8 million unit sales didn’t pan out.
  • Nintendo 3DS (and 2DS) sales look more impressive, at 12.26 million units combined. But those sales are also down from 13.95 million units in 2012.
  • On the bright side, Nintendo 3DS software sales are way up year-over-year, from 36 million in 2012 to 67.89 million in 2013. The launch of Pokemon X/Y last October was a huge factor, pulling in 12.26 million units worldwide.
  • Overall, Nintendo posted a net loss of 23.2 billion yen (about $228 million) last fiscal year. That’s better, at least, than 2012’s losses of 36.4 billion yen.

Nintendo expects profits of 40 billion yen this year, with help from games like Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for both platforms. Time will tell if Nintendo ends up revising those 2014 estimates sharply downward as it did last year.

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