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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Some February 2, 2016 Nintendo Financials

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We don't have anything else to talk about the day before Super Smash Bros. 4 DLC.

The big news, of course, were the results of the Iowa Caucus. But I think I promised as late as yesterday night that KoopaTV would cool on the obviously politically-oriented articles, so what is there to talk about in the videogame world?

Oh, looks like Nintendo released some financial statements about what happened between April and December 2015 today. Here are the CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS. Plus, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. I love supplements. ...Though I'm using a different meaning of the word in a context that only I and a few other dozen people get, and none of those other people read KoopaTV.

The first thing I try to pay special attention to when Nintendo reveals the best-selling Wii U software is to check if they have Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the list. You need to be a million-seller to get on the list! And... is it there? ...Nope.

Wii U top selling titles Mario Party 10 Wind Waker Zelda worldwide units
Where is the justice in a world where Mario Party 10 makes the list but Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze doesn't?

That list is almost like the list of Republican candidates by vote-count in the Iowa Caucus... Erm... sorry. No more politics tangents for the rest of the article until the footer. I promise.

The cool thing is that Splatoon has over four million units sold worldwide!

Nintendo described Splatoon and Super Mario Maker (3.34 million units worldwide) as having “vitalized” the Wii U. There's a strange lack of “re” as the suffix there, as if it never had vitality to begin with.

I wish we had the Wii Vitality Sensor. That'd get to the bottom of this. Too bad it got canceled.

Really funny line:
“For Wii U, we will strive to maintain the attention level of Splatoon and Super Mario Maker, which are continuing to show steady sales, while introducing new titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD.”
Look at that! An HD remaster is considered new. Also, I thought Splatoon had its last update. Guess not. That coincides with Hisashi Nogami saying that there may be more Splatoon updates after January! (Remember when he said the last updates would be January 2016, not counting more Splatfests?) He said that at a huge Splatoon tournament with over 400,000 viewers, which is apparently 10% of Splatoon owners. That's huge!

We can see from the Supplement that Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is coming out March 18, 2016 in North America on the Nintendo 3DS, and sometime in 2016 for the Wii U. You might as well re-read that as “Ludwig & Wendy at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games”, by the way. My other siblings are coming, too.

We'll really need to train.

Nintendo President what's-his-name-again (Tatsumi Kimishima) was speaking to investors tonight about the new replacement to Club Nintendo, My Nintendo. He gave some specifics as to how it'll work that aren't really too important to comment on, but as you might've guessed, the reward set is in digital stuff. They also have ambitious goals for it that I kinda doubt they'll meet.

Miitomo and My Nintendo will launch pretty soon, and in a lot of countries at once, including Canada, the United States, Japan, and a lot of Europe. I'm being vague because as of now all the information is in Japanese.

My Nintendo Miitomo Free to Start mobile games
Solely based on the gratuitous English here, I'm pretty scared about this future.

In the end, we probably won't learn anything that matters until, like, E3 2016.

Especially if all you care about is the NX.

Ludwig stopped being hype for new things some time ago. He's in a state of permanent disgruntled-ness. Be a nice reader and help fix his enthusiasm. Ludwig isn't even going to force a political reference here, after all. That's really not a good sign.

That HD remaster actually does have a few new things in it.
Now the whole fiscal year is over, and we get new news! Including an NX release date.
If you want some February 2017 Nintendo financials, click here!


  1. 2016 seems to be quite an interesting year for nintendo.... I just hope zelds wii u comes out soon... WEVE BEEN WAITING TOO LOOONNG

    1. It'll probably come out Holiday 2016.

      Is that too long for you?

    2. Obviously! But hey, the more time it takes for a game to be finished, the better it will be, right?

    3. Huh, but I like to think of it as
      more time
      more work
      more/better content

      but we never know

    4. In game design, if something is delayed, that doesn't necessarily mean they just need more time to add things.

      It could mean the time is spent because they screwed up the scope of the game and now they need to fix a shitty, buggy mess.

  2. More proof that Wii U isn't being abandoned for NX. I think they would have brought it up, personally. I'd say Mario Maker and Splatoon are both making the system extremely desirable.

    1. They've been saying since 2015 that they'll only talk about the NX at E3 2016. Why do people keep expecting them to break their word?

      Just understand you can easily make little updates to SMM and Splatoon and still put the majority of resources to the NX.

  3. I was one of those Splatoon purchasers. To think I only got into it because someone I like to watch on youtube played it on Twitch. Now I have the official art book, the Amiibo figures and Callie and Marie plushies along with the game itself.

    The Octoling rumors will never die. And now throw in Callie and Marie Amiibo rumors.

    1. Somehow I feel like the Splatoon producer saying there will be more Splatoon content to come doesn't mean more amiibo.

      Because, you know, amiibo =/= content

      Unless there are more single-player challenges they're devising... Slosher and Inkbrush?

    2. Brushes are part of the Roller class so probably not. Splattlings do get paired up with Sloshers. The Amiibo rumors are because of what this famous hacker found:

      Idols could be the Squid Sisters.

    3. Actually the amiibi can be regarded as contenf cause it will probably make new gear... and a hero variation of 2 more weapons

    4. I did add, "Unless there are more single-player challenges they're devising... Slosher and Inkbrush?"


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