It’s no secret that Nintendo’s latest home console, Wii U, is not selling at the rate that Nintendo had hoped. Because of its slow start (and Nintendo’s financial troubles in past years), many have drawn comparisons between Nintendo’s current state and the state of SEGA during the Dreamcast era. Nintendo’s latest earnings report shows that 10.73 million Wii U consoles have been sold, which means it has now officially surpassed Dreamcast, which sold only 10.6 million before SEGA discontinued it.
While poor Dreamcast sales forced SEGA to abandon hardware development and become a third-party developer, Nintendo won’t be suffering the same fate anytime soon. Nintendo’s next console, NX, is already in development, and Nintendo is currently turning a profit. Poor sales aside, Nintendo still has a $4.3 billion safety net.