The Nintendo financial results have been posted for the first nine months of the fiscal year. As well an overall increase in profit for the same nine-month period of the last year (see image below), the results show a 10% increase in 3DS hardware sales and 20% increase in 3DS software sales on a year-on-year basis. A quote from the results reads: “The worldwide sales volume for Nintendo 3DS hardware this period was 6.45 million units (10% increase on a year-on-year basis), while Nintendo 3DS software sales were 46.78 million units (20% increase on a year-on-year basis).” Nintendo attributes this increase to the success of Pokémon GO, saying: “The release of the smart device application Pokémon GO led to increased sales of software in the Pokémon series released in the past and drove Nintendo 3DS family hardware sales growth, particularly outside of Japan.”
Unfortunately the Wii U didn’t fare so well. Sales of the console were down 75% on a year-on-year basis. The report states: “On the other hand, for the Wii U console, we planned to ship 0.8 million units this fiscal year, based on our forecasts of comprehensive demand for Nintendo hardware. Activity has conformed to our expectations from the start of the fiscal year, with hardware sales volume of 0.76 million units (75% decrease on a year-on-year basis) and software sales volume of 12.48 million units (45% decrease on a year-on-year basis).”
Nintendo also provides some insight into the coming year, showing what they hope will drive the company forward: “We will launch Nintendo Switch, a new home gaming system that diversifies the ways you can play video games, on March 3, 2017 in Japan and overseas. Our launch line-up includes first-party software such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch as well as strong third-party titles. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will release for Wii U on the same day. For Nintendo 3DS, we aim to maintain the buzz surrounding the hit titles Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, as well as releasing new titles such as Mario Sports Superstars.”
What do you think of the Nintendo financial results? There are plenty of other facts and figures to pore over within the release, but the results, somewhat surprisingly, show that the Nintendo 3DS is still managing to bring in the cash. On the other hand, the Wii U continues to disappoint. Let us know what you think in the comments below.