Tuesday afternoon, Japan time, Nintendo delivered their 2015 Q3 financial report for investors. During their briefing we learned a few new things about hard sales numbers, profits, losses, and more.
Some of the more important things we got from the briefing let us know how the company fared financially through the end of the the calendar year 2015. As the current generation has continued, the company has focused on generating more quality software to drive the hardware sales, and though the overall units movement saw a slight decline year-over-year for all hardware, Nintendo did experience an uptick in operating profits.
Also, in spite of the decline in hardware sales, the Wii U has now surpassed the 12.6 million units sold mark. Although that is nowhere near ideal for Nintendo, it should be noted that that is about 2 million more units since the last report was given. I have often given my opinions about the Wii U and its place in not only the current generation, but in the history of gaming hardware, period. That boost in Wii U units can be greatly attributed to the fact that brand new IP Splatoon has already sold more than 4 million units worldwide in the nine months or so that it has been on the market. That, in addition to the more than 3 million units of Super Mario Maker that have sold in the nearly 5 months that it has been on the market have greatly helped to boost the Wii U.
In addition to the continued success of Nintendo’s software, we also learned that amiibo have continued to surge in the market, now having sold in excess of 31 million units. These numbers, I am sure helped a lot, as well.
Though all of the financial news was not quite what Nintendo wanted it to be, it was still something to be excited about for investors, as they were not without their dividends (though, lower than their immediately previous payout). Nintendo fans and customers, though can rest assured that the company’s desire to expand, and support their current hardware with quality software in the immediate future, then later turn their attention to the NeXt generation when the time is right.
The subsequent Q&A session should be available to go through (in English) later today, so I will be diving into that for you shortly. So far though, as things are going, I believe Nintendo is steadily building upon their financial foundation that will surely help them to bring their incredible ideas to us in the most enjoyable manner possible.
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!