A weaker Yen coupled with good showings from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Mario Kart 8 propelled Nintendo to a profit in the Apr-Sept period. How much of a profit? $224 million. Not bad, considering analysts had been expecting the company to report a loss on the quarter.
Nintendo said it is on pace to post its first annual profit in four years. The Nintendo Wii was incredibly successful for the company, but the rise of mobile gaming took a big chunk of the casual players away. The Wii U has had a rough go of it, but it looks like things are starting to turnaround. Nintendo knows software is what will ultimately sell their system and has started to deliver on that front.
The 610,000 Wii U sold figure is nearly double what Nintendo managed to do in the same period a year ago. For the first half of Nintendo’s fiscal year, the company has sold 1.12 million Wii Us. That’s still lagging behind its target of 3.6 million for the fiscal year.
Nintendo is betting on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and its Amiibo figures to help push a Holiday sales pop. It could work for them. Aggressive marketing and deals this holiday season could make them a viable option for many consumers this holiday season.
What about the 3DS? Sales fell year-over-year to 1.27 million from 2.49 million. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS was a success for Nintendo with 3.22 million sales worldwide in under a month. Tomodachi Life also impressed with 1.27 million units sold worldwide.
Global software sales for Nintendo 3DS hit 23.3 million while the Wii U came in at 9.4 million. Nintendo is betting on big showings from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire to propel the 3DS this holiday season.
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