Nintendo loses almost $21 for every Wii U sold

XMNR: Nintendo revealed how much money it was losing on each Wii U console sold with the release Wednesday of its 2012 third quarter financial report.

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DivineAssault 2184d ago

smh that sucks.. so much invested for nothing.. The whole playing on screen tech was probably expensive.. Simple maps, inventory, & menu navigation wouldve been fine..

showtimefolks2184d ago

Did we really need a gamepad controller? Couldn't the wiiu have spent that extra money on actually improving the tech?

All consoles loose money at launch, Nintendo said they make a profit off wiiu once someone buys a system with just one game. So for them to make a profit all they need if for someone to buy one game with purchase of the system

I hope both Sony and ms go the conventional way of the controller we don't need a gamepad to enjoy the games we been enjoying with a regular controller for 20 years

decrypt2184d ago (Edited 2184d ago )

"Did we really need a gamepad controller? Couldn't the wiiu have spent that extra money on actually improving the tech? "

Nintendo knows..

Console gamers.. Dont care about graphics.

Newer tech is not required.

showtimefolks2184d ago


It's not all about graphics, you see now unless Nintendo will be stuck in between ps3 and Xbox all the time. Because it came out in 2012 now next one shuld be out by 2017-2018 and than again Sony and ms will over shadow it

I know people don't want to hear it and the is nothing now that Nintendo can do but they should have released a wiiHD about 2 years ago on heals of wii success, that way you catch up to current systems and and have the people who bought wii buy the next one too because of the upgrade in specs

The message wiiu is delivering is very confusing, we the core gamers know what it is and the specs but average consumer sees the advertisement and is not getting the clear message

Now when ps4 and next Xbox will be on the shelfs at retailers don't you think both will over shadow the wiiu? And most consumers walking in will go for newer systems

I hope in the future Nintendo comes out at the same out with new systems as other 2.

On topic:

I know gamepad has its uses and you can do a lot but at the cost of having less than stellar specs I dont the pros of gamepads outweighs the cons but hats juts my personal opinion

Wiiu is projected to sell about 45-50 million systems while that's success for sure it's not compared to how well the original wii did. But than again wii sky rooted with motion controls

For Nintendo to be successful they need 3rd party support and as of right now most big games are not coming too wiiu in 2013. Nintendo has to do whatever it takes to change that.

ABizzel12184d ago (Edited 2184d ago )

I truly can't believe this, unless they're include R&D, manufacturing cost, and shipping cost into the equation.

There's no way the console itself is costing them money even with the controller. An AMD A8 Llano PC can be built for $250 - $300 and that PC would stomp the Wii-U (should have went with an A8), and the controller itself did not cost more than $50 to make thanks to the poor battery, non HD screen, and having no processing capabilities whatsoever.

Now if you add in R&D, Manufacturing cost, and shipping cost then yes they may be losing a bit of money.

Skips2184d ago (Edited 2184d ago )


"Console gamers.. Dont care about graphics.

Newer tech is not required."

PC gamers.. Don't care about games, only graphics.

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miyamoto2184d ago

reminds me of the Dreamcast VMU controller

Spookshow2183d ago

To be honest I'm a bit exceptical about regular people buying the newer PS or Xbox, the current consoles have a lot going on for them still. Other than hardocre gamers and fanboys, who's gonna spend a good deal of money on a new expensive system when the one you got is still giving you tons of awesome games?

3-4-52183d ago

They will make that back with every digital sale and every sale of :

* 3D Mario Wii U

* Mario Kart U

* Yoshi's Yarn

* Super Smash Brothers

along with the special edition sales from the limited edition models we might see with these games.

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PopRocks3592184d ago

So getting one game for it really does effectively make it profitable it seems. A Wii U plus, say, NSMBU would effectively make this thing profitable, assuming the math is factually correct.

Jadedz2184d ago

Not as much as I thought though.

wiiulee2184d ago

nintendo are posting profits from both wiiu and they are not spending 10 years in a console generation trying to get back into the plus side of things

live2play2184d ago (Edited 2184d ago )

dont say that!

here only
nintendo's loss will be remembered
sony's will be ignored

sonys profit will be boasted about
nintendos profit will be ignored

see CLEARELITE down there
somehow sonys loss of $300 can be turned into a GOOD THING to say about the company

nintendos loss of $21 is the worst thing to happen

pathetic realy

insomnium22184d ago (Edited 2184d ago )

So you win by taking things out of context? and say other people are pathetic? Another hater...

I guess I'll be seeing you commenting heavily by the time the media starts to bash the next Sony console then. I'm pretty sure what you are going to "remember" by that time.

Sony took a big hit on every sold PS3 for the industry (and for themselves IN THE LONG RUN). Nintendo cares mainly about casuals so there is not a person on this site that is in their main target audience. What did you expect really?

Wii U is ok but the lack of hc ambition is not lost on this site. It needs more power instead of gimmicks.

MikeMyers2184d ago

"Nintendo cares mainly about casuals so there is not a person on this site that is in their main target audience. "

Not true at all. There are many people who visit this site that are very happy with the Wii U.

sdozzo2184d ago

Didn't MS and Sony both lose money on the hardware too? Comparable to this? Thought these guys made money on the software/online.

clearelite2184d ago (Edited 2184d ago )

Sony lost around $300 dollars per console at launch, which made the comments that it was expensive seem ridiculous.

Bluray was a big win for them though as you probably know and had a lot to do with the high manufacturing costs.

@disagree, a simple google search will verify what I said.

@statix below, haha I just disagreed with you by accident so i'll give you a bubble instead for well said, because you are correct. Also, some people bought PS3 for the awesome bluray player, so if it wasn't for their massive Victory with Bluray they wouldn't have made up so much of their money.

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