$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
What did we learn with this week’s Nintendo Download? Fans prefer Mega Man & Bass. That was the winner of Capcom’s contest to determine which Mega Man game would come to the Virtual Console. Splatoon gets a time limited demo. Codename S.T.E.A.M. gets a new contest. Steamworld Dig goes on sale. If you haven’t bought that game yet, then do so now. It’s only $4.50 on Wii U and 3DS. That’s a steal.
You can also pre-load Puzzle & Dragons Z & Super Mario Bros. Edition before it goes on sale later this month. Head past the break for the full list of games available this week.
Even if things got off to a really slow start things continue to trend upward for Nintendo. They’ve announced today that both the Wii U and the 3DS are selling better now than they were at the same point last year. The 3DS has increased sales more than 80% over the same period, thanks to the release of the New 3DS. The remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask has increased its lifetime sales to more than 730,000 units and Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS continues to sell well with more than 2.4 million units sold in six months.
On the Wii U side of things the console, which many people still deem a failure, has increased its sales from the same period last year by more than 20%. Software sales for the system include Super Smash Bros. For Wii U which has reached more than 1.6 million units sold and Mario Kart 8 which is closing in on 2 million lifetime units. Mario Party 10 launched last month and in its first two weeks on sale had sold more than 290,000 units.
Wii U has some pretty solid titles on the way to continue that upward momentum. Games like Xenoblade Chronicles X, Splatoon and Yoshi’s Wooly World should help continue to sell units. 3DS has titles like the newly released remake of Xenoblade Chronicles and a new Fire Emblem game to help boost sales.
What do you think? Is Nintendo going to continue to see this upward momentum? What games on both systems are you most interested in for the next few months?
Capcom has announced that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the best-selling game in the franchise in the West. The company said that they have shipped over a million units of the game combined between digital and retail releases. That makes it the fastest selling game in the franchise outside of Japan. In addition to that it’s also the highest rated game in the series.
To celebrate Capcom will be releasing a special Nintendo 3DS theme in May and will be making it free for everyone to download.
The Nintendo Download this week includes a couple of big games. The New 3DS gets its first exclusive with Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. Etrian Mystery Dungeon brings the difficulty and Pokemon continues its free to play run. WarioWare makes it to the Virtual Console on Wii U. Watch Dogs also drops in price. Check out the full list of stuff on the other side of the break.
If you’re a fan of Skylanders, Disney Infinity, or Amiibos but are strapped for cash, you’re in luck. According to CheapAssGamer, starting March 29th, Target will have a 25% discount on all toys-to-life figures. This will definitely be a good chance to stock up on any of these toys you’ve been thinking of getting but haven’t gotten around to purchasing. Definitely make sure to check it out.
It’s time once again for Nintendos’ eShop update. This week, it’s PARTY TIME. Mario Party 10 hits the eShop. Codename S.T.E.A.M. is having a Medal March tournament. Lots of games go on sale and some new themes hit the theme shop. Head past the break for all the details.
If you’re looking for platforms on the rise you need look no further than Nintendo. The company had the best-selling hardware unit for the month in the Nintendo 3DS. According to the company they sold more than 395,000 units of the handheld. Most of those sales came from the New 3DS XL, which outsold its predecessor in its first month on the market by 130%. During the first two months of the year the 3DS has sold more than 90% more than the same period last year.
515,000 units sold means that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was the best-selling piece of software for the month. Even Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate sold well with Nintendo reporting the title having sold over 290,000 units both physically and digitally.
The Wii U is also selling well. Though they did not give specific numbers the company did say that the system has sold 20% more units this year than the same period last year. Smash Bros. and amiibo are also doing well having sold more than 1.5 million and 3.5 million units respectively.
Nintendo is hoping that this momentum can continue over the next few months with titles like Codename S.T.E.A.M. having just released and other like Mario Party 10, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Splatoon coming in the next few months.
This week in the Nintendo Download we have Abraham Lincoln, Outrun in 3D, the original Trine game and F-Zero. A number of high profile games like Phoenix Wright and the Etrian Odyssey games are on sale. Four new themes hit the theme shop for the 3DS. Head past the break for all of the details.
Want to guess what the most purchased game on Xbox Live Arcade was for the month of December? If you guessed Plants Vs. Zombies you’d be wrong. Even though everyone that owns an Xbox should purchase that game. Here’s the list of the top 10 games according to sales on the service. The information comes from Computer and Video Games.com.
Estimated Top 10 Titles for October 2010 (by units sold):
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (Capcom) – 104,000 Units (400 MS Points) Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (Sega) – 98,000 Units (1200 MS Points) Super Meat Boy (Team Meat) – 70,000 Units (800 MS Points) Comic Jumper (Twisted Pixel) – 55,000 Units (1200 MS Points) Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap) – 45,000 Units (1200 MS Points) Limbo (Playdead) – 33,000 Units (1200 MS Points) Costume Quest (Double Fine) – 31,000 Units (1200 MS Points) Castle Crashers (The Behemoth) – 28,000 Units (1200 MS Points) Trials HD (RedLynx) – 26,000 Units (1200 MS Points) Dead Space Ignition (Sumo Digital) – 26,000 Units (400 MS Points)
Of course those numbers aren’t official, but it’s interesting to see how well some of the titles on the service are selling. I’ve never seen any numbers for WiiWare sales, but it would be interesting to see those. Some of the titles on that list have been available for quite a while and they’re still selling strong. Do you see any titles that surprise you?