Nintendo sold 236,000 Wii consoles in the U.S. in May, while the Nintendo 3DS sales were down compared to April, according to NPD Group data revealed in a Tuesday investor report.
Analyst Michael Pachter with Wedbush Securities revealed that the Wii console sold more than the firm's estimated 225,000 for last month, while sales of the 3DS were down 50 percent compared to April - a figure Gamasutra calculates could be around 97,000 units.
The Nintendo 3DS has now sold just under 700,000 units in the U.S. since its launch in March, after selling nearly 400,000 units in the first week of sale after its late March launch, and a reported 194,000 sold in April.
Pachter said, "The 3DS again failed to deliver the results we expected, leaving the industry outlook unclear near term."
"Without further price cuts for PS3 and 360, we expect hardware sales to trend down later in 2011, though we think that Sony and Microsoft may consider cuts around the holidays later this year," he added.
"The Wii is likely to continue to have weak sales due to consumer anticipation with the Wii U," Pachter continued, "and we donít expect the PS Vita to launch in the U.S. or Europe until next year due to supply constraints."
Yesterday, Pachter said that he believes the Nintendo Wii U "is arriving two years too late."