TOKYO, April 24 Nintendo Co Ltd said
on Wednesday that it expects to sell 9 million of its new Wii U
game consoles in the year to next March 31, after a
disappointing start since their launch in November.
In the latest business year that ended on March 31, the
creator of Super Mario sold 3.45 million of its successor to the
hit Wii machine. It initially forecast sales of 5.5 million but
later lowered that to 4 million.
Nintendo, which began by making playing cards in the late
19th century, is counting on the Wii U, its first console in 16
years to come with a dedicated Super Mario game title, to revive
its fortunes as sales of the six year-old Wii slacken.
The Japanese gaming company forecast sales of its handheld
3DS console to rise nearly 30 percent to 18 million.