Early Morning Press Conference

Nintendo Company Ltd. held an economic press conference ahead of the quarterly investor briefing, and a few great bits of information were shared.

With the press conference a few pieces of financial info was released. A few highlights of note were Nintendo reported an operating profit year-over-year for the company, the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U both showed a rise in units sold over last year, 3DS and Wii U software are selling very well worldwide, and amiibo have continued to sell remarkably well, especially in overseas markets (in the west–making up 70.9% of total sales). Another great thing to note is that financial forecasts for the remainder of this fiscal year remain unchanged.

So far for fiscal year 2015,

the global sales of the Nintendo 3DS hardware reached 2.28 million units. As for the Nintendo 3DS software, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer became a hit, marking 2.02 million units in sales. In the Japanese market, titles
from various genres such as Rhythm Tengoku (temp.), Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon became popular with a wide variety of people. In addition, a third-party title sold over a million units as well. In the overseas markets, popular Nintendo titles such as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS continued to show steady sales. As a result, the global sales of the Nintendo 3DS software reached 19.20 million units.
With respect to Wii U, Super Mario Maker, which was released globally in September offering a new taste to the Super Mario series, marked 1.88 million units in sales and got off to a good start. Splatoon, which was released in May, marked 2.42 million units in sales and contributed to vitalizing the Wii U platform. The worldwide sales of the Wii U hardware and software were 1.19 million and 12.37 million units respectively.
For amiibo, the newly released card type amiibo showed strong initial sales. At the same time, figure type amiibo have continued to maintain strong momentum and enjoyed robust sales.

In addition to the above figures, it is also being reported that Mario Kart 8 has proven to be an incredibly sticky piece of software.

Along with these financial figures, Tatsumi Kimishima also made several announcements that are sure to brighten the day for fans, globally. First, Kimishima-san will finally be giving more details on the coming mobile game being developed in conjunction with DeNA on Thursday. Secondly, he also informed us that Nintendo Direct is “alive” and we should be seeing at least one before the year is out. That is truly welcome news, as Nintendo Direct has been sorely missed by most Nintendo fans, obviously since the untimely passing of Iwata-san in early July of this year.

Do you think that these numbers indicate a bright path ahead for Nintendo? Are you surprised by how well Nintendo’s hardware, software and amiibo have done financially over the last quarter/year? What do you think the coming Nintendo Direct will feature, and who will host it?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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