Iwata also gave us an update on the status of Amiibo’s. The good news is, as we already know, the demand for the Amiibos has been very strong. With strong demand has come strong sales. They have actually shipped 5.4 million Amiibos as of March 31. That’s no small number by any means.
The not so good news is, the demand is too high for the supply and there just isn’t enough Amiibos to go around. However, Nintendo is going to be producing more of the Amiibo’s that sold out quickly after launch to help with the supply. That said, there’s no time frame in which they’ll be coming. So for those looking for various different Amiibos, hopefully you’ll be able to find some in the not too distant future.
We all know that Nintendo recently shutdown Club Nintendo and announced that its replacement is on the way. During the announcement of the DeNA partnership back in March, we learned that there is a new membership program coming this fall that would span multiple devices. Well during the recent investors meeting, Nintendo gave us a little more info on both of them. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata stated that the membership program will include “an improved version of the current loyalty program.” Read what he said exactly after the jump.
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Not too long ago, thinking of playing a Monster Hunter game on a Nintendo handheld was just wishful thinking. These days Capcom made a bet on the Big N’s handheld, one that has apparently payed off. Capcom is reporting that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has shipped 3.4 million units worldwide as of March 31, 2015. It’s still shy of the 3.9 million projected sales goal, but it’s no small number by any stretch of the imagination. It could easily get that number in a few months. As a matter of fact, it may have already.
For Capcom’s new Monster Hunter spinoff series, they’re hoping to see it sell 2.5 million units by March 31, 2016. Judging by the fact it’s an actual RPG and it’s in the very popular Monster Hunter series, they could actually achieve these sales. Hopefully we see them push this game out in the west as well!
Nintendo’s been doing a lot lately. They’ve released the Amiibos, launched some killer games for the Wii U, came out with the New 3DS, announced they’re moving into mobile, had back to back directs giving us a more in depth look at their games, and even announced they’re working on a new platform. As we saw a month ago, their stock had a huge bump when they announced the mobile partnership and as we learned in the recent investors meeting, they’re finally out of the slump they were in.
Well, there’s some more good news for Nintendo. After the recent investors meeting, we saw Nintendo’s stock jump another 7% to a market cap of ¥3.08 trillion. Their net worth is now at $25.7 billion US dollars. To put this in perspective, at the beginning of the year, their market cap was $14 billion US dollars. That’s a massive increase and judging by the things they’ve announced so far, that could increase again in the not too distant future.
A little over a week ago, Xenoblade Chronicles X released in Japan. We now have the media create numbers for that week to see how it did and how it effected the Wii U. Well it did quite well and gave Wii U a nice sales boost. Xenoblade Chronicles X sold 88k and came in at 3rd on the charts. Wii U sold 22,898 units and topped charts.
Xenoblade Chronicles X didn’t top charts but the game did very well and had a positive impact on Wii U in Japan. It’ll be interesting to see how the game will do when it comes west. We still don’t have a release date for North America and Europe but hopefully it won’t be too much longer now. E3 is right around the corner!
E3 is right around the corner but it’s not the only big event that’s coming soon. Gamescom is also on the way this summer. Most years at Gamescom, there’s some big news and big announcements from some big companies. Unfortunately though, this year will have a little less bigness due to Sony opting out of Gamescom. This is due to Gamescom moving forward on the calendar and E3 moving back on the calendar. They feel that there isn’t enough time between the two shows and instead would like use the Paris Games Week in October for their news and announcements. Read what Sony had to say after the jump.
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Earlier today during Nintendo’s financial briefing, Nintendo revealed something very interesting about their mobile development. Apparently Mario Kart producer, Hideki Konno, will be in charge of development of their smartphone games.
This is what Satoru Iwata had to say when speaking with the Japanese publication Sankei:
It should help you understand the level of commitment from Nintendo
This is some serious muscle they’re putting behind their mobile development. The Mario Kart series is one of their top sellers! To think they’re putting Hideki Konno behind it. They must be very serious about their mobile development!
Nintendo said this before and they’re saying it again. There’s more games in development for Wii U then what they’ve already announced. This is something they reiterated in the recent investors meeting. Here’s what Iwata said exactly:
These are the already announced Wii U titles that will be released in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, and there are also unannounced titles that are not listed here. Among these titles, there are games that actively utilize the Wii U GamePad, including several we showed at E3 last year that are considered part of the Wii U GamePad utilization project led by Mr. Miyamoto.
With all of the recent rumors of unannounced new games from Nintendo and publisher support for Wii U it’s going to make for an interesting E3. Luckily, we’ll be getting a lot more information in the very near future!
$4.465 billion. That’s how much money Nintendo has in “cash and deposits” sitting in the bank. $9.168 billion. That’s how much their total current assets are worth. They’re slightly down from the same time three months ago. Nintendo attributes this mostly to the changing exchange rates between the yen and the dollar.
This comes from Nintendo’s most recent business meeting. During the meeting they also anounced that they posted a net profit for the first time in four years, this time in the amount of $350 million. They also expect profits to double over the next year partly due to “a new source of revenue is expected from a gaming application for smart devices which will be released this year.”
Other highlights for the year include Wii U selling 3.38 million units, slightly below their 3.6 million unit forcast. 3DS beat expectations selling 8.73 million units. The systems sold 24.4 millino and 62.7 million units of software respectively.
Some of their best selling titles:
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: 2.03 million
Pokemon ORAS LTD: 9.94 million
Super Smash Bros 3DS LTD: 6.75 million
Super Smash Bros Wii U LTD: 3.65 million
Mario Kart 8 LTD: 5.11 million
Warhammer 40K. Warhammer Fantasy. Space Hulk. Blood Bowl. Mordheim: City of the Damned. These are all Games Workshop properties that have electronic video games being developed. Let’s add one more to the list. This beautiful teaser is for a new game coming to PC from Tindalos Interactive. It’s called Battlefleet Gothic: Armada and even in teaser form it looks glorious.
I love this game. Turn based, ship to ship combat in space with some of the best looking models I’ve seen. We don’t know a whole lot about what this game actually entails, but you can bet there will be humans, Orks (they’re spelled with a K that’s how you know they belong in space), Eldar (space elves) and Chaos (demon possessed humans and creatures) involved.
Watch the teaser. Watch it. Oh, and if they don’t announce that a Warmaster game is coming soon I’m going to be very cross.