Nintendo just posted earnings from the first quarter of its financial year today and it’s still not looking good for the Wii U console.
Nintendo sold just 160,000 Wii U devices from April-to-June — that’s 50,000 fewer consoles than what its big brother, the original Wii, managed to sell (210,000). It was the same story last quarter, with 450,000 Wii’s sold compared to fewer than 400,000 for the Wii U.
For more comparison, Microsoft sold 1 million Xbox 360′s during the same time period. In the U.S., Nintendo managed to sell only 60,000 Wii U consoles, while Microsoft sold a total of 384,000 Xbox 360′s during April, May and June.
Meanwhile, big U.K. retailer Asda decided to take the Wii U off its shelves.
But it’s not all bad for Nintendo, which turned a net profit of $88 million last quarter. Hardware and software sales from the 3DS handheld console were up from the previous quarter, with titles like Animal Crossing New Leaf (1.54 million units sold), Tomodachi Collection (1.39 million), Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (1.43 million) all doing well.
“Although the ‘Wii U’ hardware sales still have a negative impact on Nintendo’s profits, gross profit was 36.4 billion yen owing to the fact that the proportion of the software sales over the net sales increased and the profitability of the ‘Nintendo 3DS,’ hardware improved,” Nintendo wrote in its earnings report.
Animal Crossing was the second best-selling game in June according to the latest U.S. numbers from NPD. Nintendo also had two other titles — Donkey Kong Country Returns and Luigi’s Mansion — in the top 10. In addition, the 3DS handheld console was the top-selling platform across hardware and portables for the second straight month.
Nintendo, which saw its stock hit a three-year high last week, said it will focus on releasing first-party titles like Pikmin 3 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD to help spur sales of the Wii U.