Nintendo confirms that they secured profitability during the first half of their current financial year and as you may guessed, it's largely on account of the 3DS and handheld sales in general. The console giant posted profits of 600 million yen ($6.1 million USD) for the six month period ended September 30th, 2013. That's a big improvement from the 28 billion yen ($285.2 million) loss that Nintendo had to swallow during the same period just a year earlier.
Revenue dipped slightly by 2.2 percent to 196.5 billion yen ($2 billion) year-over-year, but the low point of Nintendo's financial report proved to be Wii U hardware and software sales which remained a "negative impact" on profit.
Around 460,000 Wii U consoles sold worldwide during the entire first half of fiscal year 2014. Some consolation can be found in the fact that hardware sales jumped from 160,000 to 300,000 during the second quarter of that timeframe, likely on account of titles like Pikmin 3 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Unfortunately, not even these higher profile releases could greatly swing the Wii U's fortunes at retail thus far. Hope for the Wii U remains in Super Mario 3D World, due later this November in time for the holiday season.
On the flip side, 3DS hardware sales hit 3.89 million units during the first half. This adds up to 34.98 million 3DS's sold since the handheld first launched in its original flavor. Nintendo is betting on 3DS sales rising further still for the rest of the year thanks in no small part to (you guessed it) Pokemon X and Y, which launched after the reporting period.