Nintendo, the publisher of the upcoming “Super Smash Bros. 4,” has posted a revision for the projected hardware sales of the Wii U and 3DS. According to a report from Dual Shockers on Jan. 17, the company has significantly lowered the forecasts for both platforms.
After initially planning to sell 9 million units of the Wii U during the fiscal year that will be ending this March, Nintendo is now expected to sell just 2.8 million. Furthermore, the Nintendo 3DS projection was dropped from 18 million to 13.5 million. Due to the lower than expected hardware sales, the company is expected to post a big operating loss. You can find some screenshots from the aforesaid “Super Smash Bros. 4” with the slideshow to the left of this article and the statement below:
In the year-end sales season which constitutes the highest proportion of the annual sales volume, software sales with a relatively high margin were significantly lower than our original forecasts mainly due to the fact that hardware sales did not reach their expected level. As a result, the total of selling, general and administrative expenses will surpass gross profit, which leads to an operating loss.
The disappointing sales of the Wii U and 3DS do not bode well for “Super Smash Bros. 4,” which is coming to both platforms. The crossover fighting game is expected to be one of the biggest releases from Nintendo in 2014. The low install base, especially on the Wii U, could hinder the software sales potential of the product.
An official release date has not yet been provided by Nintendo in regards to the fourth main title from the “Super Smash Bros.” franchise, which is being developed collaboratively at Sora and Namco Bandai Games.