3.45m Wii U consoles have been sold worldwide following the system's launch last November, Nintendo has announced.

The sales of the hardware were announced during Nintendo's FY13 earnings release this morning, which also reconfirmed that new titles in the Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., Wii Fit, Pikmin, and The Legend of Zelda were due to launch on the console "during the next several months".

The console's sales figures are significantly less than Wii managed at launch, which sold 5.84m units globally during a similar timeframe.

920,000 Wii U consoles have been sold in Japan, with 1.52m sold in The Americas, and 1.01m throughout other territories.

Based on data released previously by Nintendo, only 390,000 Wii Us were sold worldwide between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013.

Wii U sales were "weaker than expected", Nintendo said, but anticipates that it will sell an additional 9m units of the hardware between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

13.42m Wii U software units have been sold worldwide, too, with Nintendo Land being Nintendo's top first-party seller at 2.6m - no surprise really, given that the game is included with every Wii U Premium console.

But with major titles expected to launch in time for Christmas, the firm expects to sell 38m Wii U software units during FY2014.

Would new games in the Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart series entice you to buy a Wii U, or are you holding out for PS4 or Microsoft's next-gen Xbox?

Source: Nintendo Earnings Release