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The latest financial reports published by Nintendo suggest that despite having a number of critically acclaimed titles released in 2014 for the Wii U, uptake for the console is still below expectation. By the end of December 2014, after two years on the market 9.2 million Wii U’s have been sold worldwide – this compares to 18.5 million PlayStation 4’s sold and 10 million Xbox One’s shipped in half that time.
Perhaps more depressingly at the same point in its lifespan Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii, had sold an incredible 44 million units – although it is unfair to say that the Wii U is a failure by those standards (the astronomical sales of the Wii proving to be an a case of pushing the right technology at the right time), the fact that even big hitters such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros For Wii U haven’t accelerated sales will be a concern. On the handheld front, year-on-year sales of the 3DS have slowed down but it is expected that the release of the New 3DS/3DS XL outside of Japan will spur sales on again.
In the meantime, the Big N has launched a beta version of the Nintendo Creators Program to share advertising revenue generated by YouTube videos with the creators of the content. Users would require a Google & Paypal account, but will receive 60% of revenue from videos containing ‘Nintendo intellectual property’ – otherwise Nintendo take the full share of the profits.