So that’s why the 3DS is getting a massive price drop: Nintendo have released their financial report for Q2 of 2011 – and it doesn’t make pretty reading, especially for their latest handheld.
The Nintendo 3DS only managed to sell 710, 000 units for the three month period from April 1st to June 30th 2011, Nintendo have admitted as part of a disturbing Q2 financial report for the Japanese gaming giant.
Most worrying of all: the 3DS didn’t even launch in Europe and the US until the week before the period covered by these figures – meaning that they show just how poorly the new handheld has done so far on the international market. Only 4.53 million software units for 3DS were sold in that period as well.
To put it into some context, the DS still managed to notch up sales of 1.44 million units in that time frame, while the Wii sold 1.56 million – and the sales of both those consoles are considered to have dropped substantially over the last year.
The disappointing figures contributed to a 50% drop in Nintendo sales over the same period in 2010, with Nintendo having to take an operating loss of 25.5 billion yen.
Nintendo announced earlier today that the 3DS would see a substantial price drop worldwide from August. Now we know why.