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Nintendo has cut its profits forecasts for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 by a massive 70 per cent, blaming lower than anticipated sales of its 3DS console outside of Japan.

"Sales of the Nintendo 3DS hardware and software were weaker in overseas markets than expected," said Nintendo. "In addition, the yen appreciation was beyond the expectation level and the exchange losses totalled 23.2 billion yen."

In the six month period ended September 2012 3DS hardware sales totalled 5.06 million, 2.09 of which came in Japan. 3DS software sales were 19.03 million units, with 7.06 million in Japan.

Lifetime sales of 3DS stand at 22 million units, whilst Wii has reached 97.2 million units.

Nintendo expects to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles and 24 million Wii U games by the end of March 2013.

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guyderman@ pblive

Oh trust me I'm well aware of the ups and downs of the R4 card situation, and my comment was actually typed in jest..... although there is no denying that the R4 card probably nigh on doubled the number of DS's sold. There is no way we would've had four in our house without the R4 card being available. Wrong I know, but still true!
Posted 12:46 on 24 October 2012
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MJTH@ guyderman

Even if new R4 units did increase sales of units, software sales would grind to an all time low. The last thing Nintendo wants is to have the somewhat decent third party support the 3DS has to suddenly disappear because their games are not selling and are being pirated.

22million in the first 2 years is still petty good, and whilst there isn't much out this year for the console this christmas (excluding DS games just released), there still is bunch of great games on horizon (2013) so I think it will pick up a little when they come out (especially MH3U and MH4).
Posted 11:30 on 24 October 2012

pblive@ guyderman

Not quite so much now that Nintendo have ensured that all the shops were shut down for using them, removed them from ebay and pretty much killed off any chance of 'normal' people getting hold of one and now you can only get them through dodgy dealers.
Posted 11:20 on 24 October 2012
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Get an R4 card out, that normally shifts units!
Posted 11:18 on 24 October 2012
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Stupid Yen >_>

22m is impressive for 19 months, but they really should have released a Pokémon game on the platform by now. It's only had one Christmas, though, and this year's software should be pretty good.
Posted 10:59 on 24 October 2012
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