Did Pokémon cause big bucks, or is the final Switch push a whammy?
The holiday quarter with the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon was a lucrative one for Nintendo, and the company produced an operating profit as a result.
As well, Nintendo did announce an increase in their profit expectation for the full fiscal year, though the Animal Crossing mobile project was delayed out of fiscal 2017.
- Operating Income: 26.315bn yen (approximately equivalent to US$231.5m at press time market rate of US$1 = 113.645 yen)
- Net Income: 49.110 bn yen ($432m)
- Related entity revenue (Pokémon Go): 16,781bn yen (US$147.7m) YTD, 4.781bn this quarter.
Hardware and Amiibo Sales:
- 3DS hardware 3.73m for the quarter, 65.3m lifetime
- Wii U 200,000 for the quarter, 13.56m lifetime total
- Amiibo sales: 6.5m figures/6.6m cards since April
- Units of 3DS software 27.55m for the quarter, 320m lifetime
- Units of Wii U software: 4.18m for the quarter, 96.5m lifetime
- Total software sales revenue 159,618b yn (US$1.403 billion), digital revenue 23.1bn yen year to date and 8.4bn yen for the quarter
- Smart device and royalty revenue (incl. Super Mario Run) 10.683bn yen (US$93m)
Game sales milestones:
- Pokémon Sun and Moon sold 14.69m units between launch and December 31, already exceeding sales of Omega Ruby/Alpha Saphire (13.68m) and on track to pass X and Y (16.06m)
- Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS sold 2.01m units in just under a month
- Mario Kart 7 LTD has reached 14.82m units sold
- Kirby Planet Robobot sold 1.32m worldwide
Upcoming release schedule highlights:
Project Giant Robot has been removed from the schedule along with all other Wii U games, but Dr. Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training (Europe) has not been removed from the company's release calendar.