First, Nintendo finally announced it was heading to mobile. Now, they are partnering up with Universal Parks & Resorts for Nintendo-inspired theme rides. It looks like Nintendo execs finally realized their IPs would work on something besides their consoles.
Mario Kart 8-themed go-kart tracks? Please let it happen.
“The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games,” the company said. “More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts.”
This won’t be a stand-alone Nintendo theme park. It will be themed rides and attractions based on Nintendo characters and games. Still, it’s a smart move – and one I’m surprised hasn’t happened sooner.
“Nintendo has created remarkable and imaginative worlds filled with captivating stories and beloved characters. Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways – only at Universal theme parks,” reads the short press release.
Nintendo talks earnings
Nintendo also announced its latest earnings. The company reported a profit for its fiscal year, which ended in March. It reverses a trend of losses Nintendo has seen over the past four years.
Here are the specifics:
Net profit: $350 million. This was higher than its forecast of a $251 million profit and in-line with analysts’ expectations.
Nintendo did say the results were due, in part, to a weaker yen.
Nintendo sold 3.4 million Wii Us and 8.7 million 3DS. Total worldwide sales now sit at 9.5 million Wii Us and 52 million 3DS devices.
Nintendo’s future looks a lot brighter than its recent past. The company finally stopped ignoring everyone and announced plans to jump into mobile. Back in March, Nintendo revealed it will be developing original games around its famous IPs. Nintendo stressed they would not be ports of existing titles.
Today’s news is also a plus. Will it have a significant impact on earnings? Not in the near-term. But, it’s good press and pushes the Nintendo brand.
What kind of ride do you think Nintendo will design? It has to be something based around Mario Kart. Or, maybe a Donkey Kong mine cart ride.