It's that time of year... Nintendo has released more Investors Relations documents! While we may not be investors (...well, I'M not. Maybe YOU are.), there's still a treasure trove of information us interested consumers can eat up. To be specific, it's the Corporate Management Policy Briefing/Nine Months Financial Results Briefing. If you actually do own stock, you might want to check out the financial stuff here, though I don't think any of it is particularly interesting besides Nintendo of America's Seattle Mariners baseball team sale having a comically large impact on their performance. (...That's what I find comical, anyway.)
I guess the big, stand-out news I care about (Animal Crossing on mobile garbage is delayed to after March, but no one's looking forward to that, right? It just means Nintendo only has three smartphone games out by March 2017, not five like they promised.) is how amazingly Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon did, sales-wise. The details of which are also pretty interesting.
|In the span of a few weeks, the two games put together are the third-best selling games of the Nintendo 3DS, ever.|
They'll probably surpass Mario Kart 7 very quickly, if they haven't already.
Isn't that... fantastic? It seems the months of drip-feed information and a massive 20th anniversary celebration resulted in sales. Nintendo also cites Pokémon GO as a contributing factor. That last one, if true, may explain two tidbits of information regarding how Pokémon Sun/Moon got such high sales:
- “[T]he ratio of players in their 20s and 30s has risen for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon compared to past Pokémon titles for Nintendo 3DS.”
- “In addition, as of the end of December 2016, we found that about 17% of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon players had no previous Nintendo 3DS Pokémon titles in their activity log; in other words, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were the first Pokémon titles these players had experienced on Nintendo 3DS.”
We can only conjecture, especially since the 20 and 30 year old players might not be the same 17% of new Pokémon-on-3DS players!
Speaking of the 3DS:
|Look at all of those 3DS games!|
(Snipperclips will be download-only.)
Source is Supplementary Information about Earnings Release.
Nintendo promises to still support the Nintendo 3DS, even after the Nintendo Switch is launched and is trying to get whatever support it can. Between porting Wii U games to the 3DS, like Yoshi's Woolly World, and making games no one even remembers exists like Pikmin for 3DS and Mario Sports Superstars. Don't forget a Fire Emblem remake (among other Fire Emblem crap)!
To paraphrase President Tatsumi Kimishima as to why they're keeping the 3DS alive, it's because the 3DS has “momentum” from Pokémon doing better than most expected, so they want to ride that out as much as they can and get those 3DS owners to buy even more games. Kimishima also believes “the price points and play experiences offered by the two systems are different and we do not see them as being in direct competition. We plan to continue both businesses separately and in parallel.”
Well... Okay, I guess they're free to do that. Obviously they've totally abandoned the Wii U, but one of the big things with the Nintendo Switch is that all of Nintendo's development teams could focus on one system, instead of two.
On the other hand, the teams or indies or whomever that still can't handle HD development can still make things for the 3DS until they can. They're still not totally shut-out by this new world!
If you're wondering why the Nintendo's Switch line-up appears to be “weak”, as Kimishima himself put it, it's to basically drip-feed and avoid a drought. I guess that implies everything is already done, but they don't want a calendar drought. Like the Wii U did.
Fair enough. I'm more worried about a drought of the Nintendo Switch console itself. Nintendo has some supply issues they need to work out. They also noted the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic System sold 1.5 million units... and could've sold more, had they made enough of them.
Ludwig still hasn't memorised the spelling of Tatsumi Kimishima's name, which is pretty bad. All of KoopaTV's staff, besides Roxy and Wendy, own either Pokémon Moon or Pokémon Sun, so KoopaTV definitely contributed in a small way to those sales numbers.
KoopaTV covered the February 2016 financial documents here.