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Nintendo aims low with annual Wii U sales forecast of 3.6 million

Yet corporation expects another huge year for 3DS

Nintendo has told investors it expects to report 3.6 million Wii U sales in the twelve month period ending in March 2015.

That represents a marginal increase from its most recent annual result of 2.7 million Wii U sales, and suggests Nintendo has diminished confidence that blockbusters such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS will drive hardware sales.

Nintendo sold just 2.7 million Wii Us in the previous financial year

The Kyoto based corporation believes that 20 million Wii U games will be sold this year, a slight increase on the 19 million achieved in the prior financial term.

However, Nintendo may be more inclined to forecast conservatively after famously missing its initial sales targets last year by an extraordinary margin.

Last March, the company predicted 9 million Wii U systems would be sold worldwide across the financial year, but after Christmas that figure was hacked down to 2.8 million.

In terms of 3DS sales, Nintendo expects 12 million units to be sold worldwide this financial year. That would virtually match its 2013/14 financial year sales, in which the platform became a best-seller in numerous territories for an extended period, although it still failed to meet internal expectations.

3DS games set for release this year include Smash Bros, but little else is confirmed.

Nintendo will reveal new Wii U and 3DS projects at its E3 virtual press conference on Tuesday June 10. The Nintendo Direct stream is expected to share "further detail on the gaming experiences on the way for Nintendo platforms in 2014 and beyond".

On Wednesday, Nintendo told investors that it has suffered a $229 million dollar loss for the past financial year.