Not even a highly-rated new Mario game and the fevered Christmas rush could help Nintendo's Wii U console sales from sliding further. Revealing its financial expectations for the year, Nintendo has now slashed its predicted Wii U sales from 9 million by the end of March to just 2.8 million.
With gamers instead focussed on the Xbox One and PS4, Nintendo is now also expecting to make a loss of 35bn yen (£205 million). Long gone are the heady days of the original Wii and DS's dominance, when Nintendo could post profits of over £3 billion plus change.
A ray of light for Nintendo's hardware concerns remains the Nintendo 3DS which, after a faltering start, is now proving massively popular, becoming the the best-selling console of 2013. And yet even its forecasted sales have been slashed from 18 million to 13.5 million. Is Nintendo on the cusp of having its Dreamcast moment?
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