Nintendo Hopes 3Ds Xl Release Makes Up for Struggling Wii Sales
Nintendo’s Wii console has lost significant ground. Can the new 3DS XL make up for it?
Manufacturers saw Wii sales cut in half in the newest financial quarter, the organization has revealed, with merely a surge in 3DS demand helping gross profit grow. Sales from the Nintendo wii console dived from 1.56m models in Q1 2011 to 710,000 in Q1 2012. Nintendo is keen to ignore the dive in support of concentrating on 3DS sales a lot more than doubling from 710,000 to at least 1.86 million within the same period. Nintendo states that the brand new 3DS XL and also the development of digital game downloads can help save the following quarter.
Internet sales assisted to reduce Nintendo’s loss of income, with operating deficits going from 50.2 million yen last year to 9.7 million yen ($124,000) in the newest period. Operating earnings rose – though still came to some loss – to 10.3 billion yen ($138 million).
As the 3DS assisted turn things around some, the organization confesses it still constitutes a loss due to the negative margin on each unit. It isn’t pointed out whether this is also true for that bigger 3DS XL – previous comments from Nintendo executives recommended it didn’t suffer exactly the same problem – though Nintendo is relying on it to save sales in other countries besides Japan where the initial 3DS is struggling.
“Moreover, Nintendo will globally start to sell digitally distributed packaged software of the “Nintendo 3DS” system when “New Super Mario Bros. 2” is launched. The software will be sold in both packaged and digital download formats. By enabling users to choose from the two sales methods, Nintendo will attempt to further expand the “Nintendo 3DS” sales” says Nintendo.
Nintendo has also been treating the new Wii U console as the Savior of the company, though that console is not scheduled to be released until Christmas of 2012.