Nintendo’s financial numbers are in for the second quarter, and the company saw huge profits over the last two months. Nintendo was projected to earn $63 million in quarter two, but they nearly quadrupled that amount, erasing their quarter one losses and returning to overall profitability. Included in the report to investors were the sales numbers of Wii U and 3DS, which brings some good news and some bad news. The struggling Wii U nearly doubled its sales over last year, but 3DS sales dropped.
Wii U sales, although still relatively slow, show a marked improvement over both last quarter and last year. Wii U moved 610,000 units from July 1 – September 30, which is up from 510,000 in the previous three months. The sixth month sales totals (April 1 – September 30) for Wii U are 1.12 million, which is nearly double of what 2013’s numbers were. Nintendo’s year-long target (with the fiscal year ending on March 31) is 3.6 million Wii U units sold.
On the handheld side of things, 3DS saw its numbers decline from last year. 3DS has sold a total of 2.09 million units in the past six months, which is down from 2.49 million over the same time period last year. However, the launch of New Nintendo 3DS in Japan will have a strong impact on the handheld’s quarter three sales. Nintendo’s year-long target for 3DS is 12 million units sold, which will take strong sales the rest of the year to achieve.