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Nintendo: Over 650 million systems sold

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The oirginal NES (Credit: Nintendo)

Sales numbers for the Wii U might be terrible, but Nintendo would like to remind you that it hasn’t always had a hard time selling stuff.

Over the course of its 30 years as a video game company, Nintendo has sold nearly 269 million consoles and more than 385 million handheld units, according to the company's just released annual report.

Home consoles might have smaller overall sales figures, but they've had a notably higher attach rate, meaning higher software sales. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold 2.2 billion console games worldwide. Handheld game sales have topped 1.9 billion.

The numbers reflect sales of all of the systems the company has released to date, including the Famicom (sold in the U.S. as the NES), Nintendo 64, GameCube and more. But the real driver of the console sales, hands down, was the original Wii, which recently crossed a milestone by topping sales of 100 million units.

The Wii was the third Nintendo device to cross the 100 million mark. The Nintendo DS sold more than 154 million units, while the Game Boy sold roughly 119 million.

[Related: Critics are crazy for Pikmin 3, the Wii U's best game]

For the current generation of systems, the news was mixed. As expected, the Wii U is still struggling to find momentum, with worldwide sales of the system's hardware hitting 3.45 million units, while software sales clocked in at 13.42 million units.

The 3DS continues to get stronger, though. Life-to-date sales for the hardware are just shy of 14 million, while software sales hit 49.6 million.

Due in large part to the Wii U's weakness, Nintendo reported a $387 million loss for the year, but company president Satoru Iwata vowed that a return to high levels of profitability are on the way.

"Nintendo posted an operating loss for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013," he wrote. "However, we strive to regain 'Nintendo-like' profits for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 by providing many people with fascinating games and services. We continue to make brand-new and unique proposals, and make efforts for the growth of the home entertainment industry with a mission that is to pleasantly surprise people and put smiles on the faces of everyone Nintendo touches."

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