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Nintendo Revises Forecast Amidst Slowing 3DS Sales In U.S. And Europe


Nintendo have shared their financial results for their third quarter (Oct. – Dec.), touching upon both hardware and software sales, as well as their revenue forecast for the year ahead. Let’s start with software first. Here’s how much some of the company’s recent games have sold as of December 31st, 2014:


  • Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 9.35 million
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 6.19 million
  • Mario Kart 8 – 4.77 million
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 3.39 million


While Nintendo 3DS software sales are going well, sales of the 3DS itself have slowed in the U.S. and Europe, where the “New Nintendo 3DS” line has yet to be launched. Total Nintendo 3DS hardware sales for Nintendo’s third quarter were 4.99 million. Meanwhile, total Wii U hardware sales were 1.91 million. In light of these figures, Nintendo have revised their forecast for 3DS hardware sales for the full fiscal year (April 2014 – March 2015). Here’s a look at the revised numbers:


  • Nintendo 3DS family: Revised down from 12 million to 9 million
  • Wii U: No change to forecast at 3.6 million


Based on their performance from April to December 2014, Nintendo expect their net sales and operating income for the full fiscal year to be lower than expected. The company now expects net sales to be 550 billion yen (down from 590 billion) and and profit to be 20 billion yen (down from 40 billion).


Meanwhile, Nintendo’s net income (bottom line) is 30 billion yen (up from 20 billion), owing to foreign currency exchange rates.


This February, Nintendo will launch the New Nintendo 3DS line the U.S. and Europe, and are undoubtedly hoping it will help spur 3DS sales in the months ahead. By December, sales of the device in America had dropped to half compared to the same period in 2013, so getting the New 3DS line to catch on is going to be an important task for the company, seeing as how the 3DS is where they’re making most of their money.


Meanwhile, Nintendo are also expected to detail their new “Quality of Life” platform this year. Company president Satoru Iwata’s financial results presentation to investors and analysts will be held tomorrow, so you can expect to see more news about Nintendo’s plans for the year ahead then.


Source: Nintendo Investor Site

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.