Nintendo still losing money thanks to Wii U

17 January 2014

WiiU Nintendo said today that sales of the Wii U had flopped, resulting in a third consecutive annual loss, meaning that Nintendo could well be on the same road as Sega.

Company president, Satoru Iwata, pledged to get Nintendo back in the black this year, but instead, found himself apologising to shareholders. He won't be resigning though, instead saying: "There will be no major management shake-up in the short term."

One peculiar thing is that Nintendo's most lucrative aspects have always been the Mario franchise and Zelda, both of which can only be played on Nintendo consoles. While the rest of gaming effectively shares games, Nintendo are looking desperately old-fashioned by keeping hold of their two star turns.

Before Sega stopped making consoles, they held onto to Sonic the Hedgehog games exclusively. However, when the Xbox and PlayStation franchises took over, they admitted defeat and Sonic is now playable on all systems. Could we see Mario and Zelda jumping platforms?

Nintendo, in this business year, is now looking at an operating loss of 35 billion yen. Quite the contrast from the forecast of 100 billion yen profit. Shares continue to fall also. Will Mario and Zelda soon be available on your iPad or PS4?

TOPICS:   Games   High Street News

2 comments

  • klingelton
    Halo, Last of us, syphon filter, uncharted, project gotham racing, getaway. But to name a few franchises that are the mainstay of one system - but unavailable on another. I'm sure the list goes on as well.
  • wonka
    Didn't 2 Zelda games come out on the Phillips CDI, wasn't Donkey Kong a 2600 hit? 20 years on, just release one sodding game, cross platform, if it works continue, otherwise stop?

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