Nintendo just posted its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, also updating Wii U and 3DS sales to the end of the year.
Less than 10 mil in over 2 years, huh? Kinda sad but it's not the worst. They can recover. 3DS is doing fine. A successor should rear its head at E3 and release 2016.
No, a successor to the 3DS, now that there's a new more powerful model of it, isn't due for at least another 4 or 5 years.
...which should have been called Super 3DS instead of this aweful name they gave it.
@ Abz I agree that it should have had a better name, but there's not much that can be done about it now, so it's something we'll just have to live with.
No, a 3ds successor isn't around the corner but the new 3ds won't be around for 4-5 years. I can't see the 3ds lasting from 2011-2019
I believe they will reveal the new handheld at e3. The people that keep saying no are seriously out of touch because even if it's a new model it's still based on the old system. If that was the case Sony would have waited another year before releasing the PS4 considering how many remodels they introduced. Either way it's not long to wait.
So you're basically telling me that they had to change forecasts for 3DS from 12 million to 9. And they still need 1.9. Kinda worrying, isn't it? 3DS sales barely doubled those ones of Wii U.
I wouldn't call it worrying; sales have probably slowed down for the 3DS in preparation for the release of the New3DS. We'll see this coming 13th, I guess.
Seriously I wouldn't worry. They are taking notes. So far if you own one you can see how much they did get right. Pr wise they are just the unpopular kid these days. If they figured out local cloud tech and or put bc in the next console with possible tweaking then the cool stuff from the wiiu just becomes an added bonus to what ever they decided to put in the next box. We have at least 4 more years of support from nintendo. We may see something new in about 3 more years. They really should ride this console out so that the market stabilizes. It seems like the ressesion is finally hitting gaming and Nintendo needs to hit back with some type of optional service based platform. Ps plus isn't enough, unified account isn't enough. Ms is about to roll out win 10. That is going to be a real problem if the negative pr can not tame that beast or if it just doesn't work with hololens. They took nintendo main gripe of vr and turned it on its ear. Now nintendo needs to build up their api and os ecosystem to unify development down to the creation level. I mean you don't need a vc if the romantic already works! We still have carts nintendo! Most of these can be worked into usb port extensions. With that being said nintendo should let us build our next console or at least custom order it and pay for it as a service then nintendo can see what the market wants. Then release normal consoles for the non hardcore hardware demanding gamers. Basically if Nintendo can stop the defecting to "adult" ,"hardcore" etc -gaming then they can grow the consumer base. They should find away to embrace unix also just like apple and then bring is a pc client for real 3rd party support. Use mantle from amd and android if they have to. Something tells me even though sony has alot of fanfare they can still loose this fight then it will be nintendo picking up that sword. The only people beating ms are apple and Google.... sure nintendo has its merits yet console gaming could explode and over take phones if the tech rolling down the road maps pan out... new pay models need to be created though. So I'm pretty excited. This is their game cube and the next should be a combination of the snes,n64,3ds and wii. They have created some killer software and haven't used any tech pr so far. I'm glad because if hololens works it's over for sony unless they change morpheus to match it, otherwise it's over for them and vr. Fans will have to basically hide this thing from the public if it works. 9 million isn't terribly good but that is one satisfied group of gamers. If they can keep support going and lunch next gen with two years worth of games and try and develop counter titles to others ip I think they will have a true hardcore fanfare. The hd move was nicely done now we just need the now you are playing with power nintendo back.
Id say in my home the wii u is the most used console (wii u 360 ps3ps4ove the second screen works without any problems, unlike the ps4 if Nintendo do another home console hope they keep the pad.
Same here. I play it a bit more than my PC and a lot more than my Xbox One.
That's over 12 billion usd in hardware. I wonder how much is in software.
The sales they reported for Smash bros and Mario Kart Globally make those two games to be the highest sale for a 1st party game, the ratio of those games to the consoles is astonishing......congrats for making profits, only way now to go is up
Even though the WiiU hasn't sold as well as the PS4/Xbox1. I guarantee it's still been far more profitable than either. Nintendo will be making a reasonable profit on each WiiU sold. And it's first party software attach rate is phenomenal. The WiiU is far from a failure in a business/profitability standpoint. As awesome and powerful as the PS4/Xbox1 are. Both MS and SONY would barely turn a profit on each console sold. And I'm pretty sure MS are selling the Xbox1 at a loss to keep the current price point. Nintendo are fine financially. They just have a different business model to the PlayStation and Xbox divisions. They are most definitely is a far better position than SONY at the moment. For all the phenomenal success the PS4 has had since lauch. The company as a whole is still has a lot of work to do to return to it's former glory.
Seriously it has to be printing money they have no 3rd party competition game play wise. So once they make a jump to this family of consoles idea they can start ggetting the eye candy only gamers back. Miyamoto should learn zbrush. Version r7 is coming out it would be a big deal if he was in that community. If Nintendo sold just 5 million games per franchise then they would have wii like profits again. Plus if Nintendo just extended this cycle I think people would pickup one eventually. A lot of this they want to do can actually be done with the wiiu and new 3ds. Maybe a slight upgrade or service based wiiu with a spec boost like uhd output wii scaling and 14gigs of ram could be brought in to tide us over. Now if their games sucked like most 3rd parties and they where only just mediocre like some 1st party then I would be worried.
I don't know about that. the PS4 and Xbone make a killing on software sales. They both get a cut of every game sold at retail, and the average PS4 owner has 5 games and counting. Then they have online subscription fees that generate a ton of money, whereas nintendo doesn't.
I love playing on all my consoles, especially Wii U/3DS, because the two are still true Japanese-centric systems, unlike PS4, which I still love, but seems more focused on EU/US. Japanese (Home) Consoles have become more Westernised due to poor market conditions in the home territory, I get that. I'm American, but I love Japanese Culture much, so having a Ninty system is really important to me! Awesome 3DS numbers!! But, 9.2 Million for Wii U seems kinda small considering the consoles duration on the market. Still, I'll always love Nintendo ...it's been a significant part of my childhood! ;o)
I see people trying to spin this as a negative because of the "weak" numbers. Hah! Come on people; get real! If the system is generating a PROFIT - then it's successful. In business, it doesn't matter if your product is selling at a slower rate than your competition, unless you're losing money. If you AREN'T losing money - then you AREN'T "failing". And what are businesses supposed to do? Oh yeah, make a profit! Ask Sony how much they're making off of the PS4, and then ask them how much of that is being swept away by the powerful winds created by the losses of the sectors of the company. After that, ask Microsoft when's the last time they actually made a profit off of the XBOX brand, not even just the One. I rest my case.
ps4 is making them profit. Playstation divison is making them profit
in short the only way is up for the system!
These financial results are saying that Nintendo is the the black. They are no longer suffering operating losses and are making money that can actually go into the bank.
At least the site that posted this here didn't use some cocky thumbnail, like a pic of Mario stomping out PS4/ XBone, this time. I mean come on lol, these numbers are terrible.
Nearly matching, in 26 months, the sales that the Dreamcast managed to reach in 18. The WiiU is a clever idea though so I'm going to go with the idea that the WiiU is mainly paying for the fact that people got bored of the original Wii and certain parts of the WiiU haven't changed enough from it. Make those Miis look better for a start. Put more effort in to the visual appearance of your 'party' games to use the technology. They should never look worse than Xbox360 party games did. Or do you not have great artists for your party games? You probably could so with some kind of 'Rare' replacement. Retro Studios got good reviews for the Donkey Kong games but you could do with a second party company making more exclusive 3D platformers for you- or some kind of 'Uncharted' equivalent. I mean, the new Zelda is just Kameo-like really. So you always seems 5 or more years behind the times in big adventures. The smaller games are too much your forte now.
Its hard to make the dreamcast comparison. In fact, given the factors, totally irrelevant. The figure for the dreamcast of 10.6 million was in the entirity of its shelf life, not the 18 months it was in production. Its shelf life was longer, and the prices were crazy low in that time, in 2003 my brother got a DC on clearance for 25 bucks. Sega was also more desperate, to the point where they were giving away hardware to sell software. If you subscribed to their online service for however long, they GAVE you a dreamcast. Two different markets, two different companies in two different situations. Not a relevant comparison. Not that i'm saying the wii u is doing well.
@sprinterboy So, waiting 3-4 months to watch a movie on a 58" tv - yeah, right - is better for than seeing a movie at release on (for example) an IMAX...ok.
WOW, go Nintendo!!!!!!!!!!! 4.77 million for Mario Kart 8 is outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !
It's a shame, the last two consoles from Nintendo really have been poorly designed and lacking in even the most basic features. Both the Wii and Wii U were completely designed around gimmicks, and both consoles were far behind the other consoles of their generations. The Wii was a huge fad among casual gamers, and sold very well for a time, but the fad fizzled years ago when casuals became bored with it and moved on. The waggle gimmick really didn't make up for the weak hardware at all. The Wii U follows the exact same philosophy of the Wii: create the cheapest possible base console, throw in a gimmick, and hope it will reel people in (and pad their profits due to the low cost of the hardware). Sadly for Nintendo, this approach just doesn't work anymore. So many features of the Wii U were either left out, or massively scaled back, that the console is simply unable to handle current generation games at all. It really is a last generation console, released 8 years too late). It's a shame, because Nintendo used to produce fantastic hardware (NES and SNES were great consoles), but somewhere along the line, Nintendo lost its way. They decided that they could no longer compete on gaming hardware, so they opted for gimmicks to set themselves apart. They really have only themselves to blame for the failure of the Wii U.
Anytime I read one of your comments I feel like I'm playing Dynasty Warriors 3 again. :U
31.6 Billion Yen operating income, 51.0 Billion Yen netincome. They seem to be back on track. Congrats, Nintendo!
At least Nintendo have the guts to release their sales figures, unlike some
Not surprised by these comments
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