Like pretty much every other major Japan-based corporation, Sega — or SEGA Sammy Holdings to be more accurate — has published its financial results. For Nintendo gamers it reveals some interesting, and pleasing, results.
To start off with some reasonably positive news, Sonic Lost World has reached 710,000 sales on the Wii U and 3DS as of 31st March, which has climbed a little from the 640,000 sales up to 31st December 2013. It's not clearly broken down, but we suspect over 50% of those sales were for the 3DS version. Sega is listing multiple SKUs for Wii U, which probably includes Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games; if that's the case then the sporty title appears to have sold rather poorly, but a firm figure isn't given. On the flipside the number of products listed for 3DS suggests that the 3D retro re-release range is included, and if so account for a six figure number in sales.
Particularly intriguing is the information on SKUs — products — estimated and planned for this financial year, from 1st April to 31st March 2015. The Wii U has the second most products (4) out of home consoles, though way behind PS3 with 11 — 600,000 Wii U game sales are estimated. It's the 3DS that captures attention, however, with a whopping 13 SKUs on the way with estimated sales of 2.27 million unit sales. That would easily make the 3DS the highest-selling individual dedicated games platform for Sega — with numbers like those we'd hope we're dealing with worldwide releases, while the number of SKUs hopefully points to more of those 3D retro delights.
As for what we know is coming, we do have Sonic Boom coming to both Wii U and 3DS, and the portable Sonic games in particular do continue to deliver strong results. With the number of SKUs projected, however, we can safely assume that Sega still has treats to reveal as the year progresses.
It's good to see the Wii U still having reasonable support from Sega, but the 3DS appears to be the platform of choice. Exciting times ahead for Sega fans.