KYOTO Jan 7 Nintendo Co Ltd's
year-end sales of its Wii U games console were steady, though
not as strong as when its Wii predecessor was first launched,
the Japanese game maker's top executive told Reuters on Monday.
The company best known for its Super Mario character is
pinning its hopes on the Wii U after logging its first operating
loss last year, as gamers ditch console games to play on
smartphones and tablets.
Nintendo said in October it aimed to sell 5.5 million Wii U
devices by the end of March. Wii U, the successor to the
blockbuster Wii machine, went on sale in the United States on
Nov. 18. The company said later that month that it sold more
than 400,000 of the video game consoles in the first week.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said the weaker yen
would have little impact on the firm's profits this fiscal year,
but would positively impact its foreign denominated assets.