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Nintendo Reveals Sales Forecasts for Wii, DS, 3DS

by Alex Culafi - April 27, 2012, 7:11 am EDT
Total comments: 9 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/120...

Nintendo says things are looking up for 3DS. For DS and Wii, however...

Software and hardware sales forecasts regarding 3DS, DS, and Wii were revealed by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata at the recent investors meeting.

On the 3DS front, Nintendo predicts a 100 percent increase in software sales and an increase in hardware sales of almost 40 percent from the previous fiscal year. "From this fiscal term, we will be in the harvest time for the software sales of the Nintendo 3DS," Iwata explained.

Regarding the DS, sales of both hardware and software will decrease by approximately 50 percent, Iwata noted, crediting this to the small amount of games releasing in the fiscal year.

On Wii, hardware sales are predicted to have a slight increase, though software is predicted to take a dramatic drop alongside DS. This, like the DS, is partly due to a smaller quantity of releases, but also the release of the Wii U.

"We don’t anticipate that the software sales of the Wii U can compensate for the decrease in those of the Wii because the Wii U will be launched as late as in the holiday season and then the total unit sales of the Wii U will be limited in this fiscal year. This is one of the reasons our business performance inevitably fluctuates when we change platforms," said Iwata.

Talkback

KDR_11kApril 27, 2012

NoE released sales graphs for all consoles in Europe. They're not happy with their performance.

CericApril 27, 2012

Quote from: KDR_11k

NoE released sales graphs for all consoles in Europe. They're not happy with their performance.

Thats amusing.  Europe: PS3  Japan: 3DS USA: XBox 360

NinSageApril 28, 2012

"Nintendo says things are looking up for 3DS, transitioning away from DS and Wii."

That's how I'd have phrased it.

Always amazing how the PS3 owns Europe.  The Xbox 360 really is a North America-only phenomenon.  It's like the PC Engine of this generation.

NinSageApril 28, 2012

Quote from: NWR_Lindy

Always amazing how the PS3 owns Europe.

I imagine Fifa + not American made (XBox) = PS3 owns EU.

... but that is a guess pulled straight out of "me bum" as they might say  ;D

TJ SpykeApril 28, 2012

Quote from: NWR_Lindy

Always amazing how the PS3 owns Europe.  The Xbox 360 really is a North America-only phenomenon.  It's like the PC Engine of this generation.

Doesn't the 360 own the UK and some EU countries though?

I wonder if the PS3 being largely region-free has something to do with its lead in Europe.

NinSageApril 29, 2012

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

I wonder if the PS3 being largely region-free has something to do with its lead in Europe.

Forgive my ignorance... why would that matter?  Cuz they can import NA games that don't get localized?

Quote from: NinSage

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

I wonder if the PS3 being largely region-free has something to do with its lead in Europe.

Forgive my ignorance... why would that matter?  Cuz they can import NA games that don't get localized?

Not just that, they could avoid some of the European markup. That might have nothing to do with it; I was just offering a possible explanation that I thought of.

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