Nintendo’s latest console has finally reached 10 million units shipped. Nintendo’s Wii U has been on something of a slow burn, but a solid future game line-up has likely helped provide the console sales at a steady rate of growth. Nintendo reports a 20.8% increase in net profits over this quarter last year. Nintendo credits sales of both Splatoon and continued Amiibo support for the increase in attention. The report states “With respect to Wii U, Splatoon, which was released globally in May and gathered attention, marked 1.62 million units in sales and contributed to vitalizing the Wii U platform. The worldwide sales of the Wii U hardware and software were 0.47 million and 4.55 million units respectively. In addition to the above, because of factors such as favorable sales of amiibo continuing, net sales were 90.2 billion yen (of which overseas sales were 65.0 billion yen or 72.1% of the total sales), and operating income was 1.1 billion yen.”
If we’re feeling optimistic about these numbers, I feel it could be safe to predict a continued growth of sales moving into 2016. While no one is buying a Wii U right now to play next year’s line-up, additions into the Fatal Frame, Xenoblade, Star Fox, Yoshi, Mario, and Zelda franchises may well keep up the momentum gained so far. The financial forecast concludes with “In addition, we expect to secure a new source of revenue from a gaming application for smart devices, which will be released by the end of this calendar year.”
While these are hopeful numbers for Nintendo, they still aren’t much when compared to the Xbox One or the PS4. And speaking of the PS4, it’s on track to outsell the PS2, a console which has sold 155 million units. Sony has stated that overall sales of the PS4 have reached 25.3 million consoles, which at this point in the lifespan of the PS2 was at 20 million sales.