After years of being called “beleaguered” and jerks deeming its ecosystem to be irrelevant, Nintendo is suddenly being referred to with words like “powerhouse” by the press. This is helped out by its 2017–2018 Quarter 3 (October 1 to December 31) results, released today-ish. It got Nintendo's stock to pop 7%, which makes anyone who sold it when the Nintendo Labo was announced (*cough*Rawk*cough*) look like an idiot.
So, what's in those results? Spoiler alert: Nintendo doing fantastically in the biggest shopping period of the year helped a lot.
First of all, remember when it was FAKE NEWS to declare that the Nintendo Switch outsold the Wii U in one month vs. the Wii U's first year? Well, when the comparison is the Nintendo Switch's first year (or first eight months) versus the Wii U's lifetime sales, then, yes, the Nintendo Switch has already surpassed the Wii U in hardware, as seen here:
|14.86 million units vs. 13.56 million units.|
The software gap will obviously be made up as the Switch proceeds.
They have increased their already-increased expectations for Nintendo Switch growth from three months ago.
Meanwhile, on the software side, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is no longer owned by over 50% of Nintendo Switch owners. Also, it looks like ARMS only sold 260,000 copies in the past three months (the HOLIDAY ones), which is weak growth compared to the rest of the Nintendo Switch first-party titles. Guess it's not ever-green! ARMS is... NEVER-GREEN. BWAHAHA.
Super Mario Odyssey is in a whole other GALAXY (hah) though, becoming the most-sold Nintendo Switch game:
|9.07 million units of Super Mario Odyssey? ...I thought that was a typo.|
More Nintendo Switch owners are now aware of the evils of Cappy than of any other Nintendo Switch game. Personally, I had no idea that Super Mario Odyssey would sell THAT MUCH. Meanwhile, Splatoon 2 is notable for being the number one selling Nintendo Switch game in Japan.
As for the 3DS, Nintendo says they'll keep supporting it as its own product line, though there aren't any games coming out for it besides Detective Pikachu (a game I have zero curiosity for), and that Sushi Striker game we saw at E3 2017. I forgot that existed. Alright, that's all I got for the 3DS.
Nintendo also officially confirmed that report about Illumination Entertainment making a Mario movie, and Shigeru Miyamoto will be heavily involved. Good for him.
The Nintendo Labo is considered part of the Switch product line for the purposes of Nintendo's launch schedule to investors. We'll continue treating it as its own product line since that's how Nintendo is marketing it.
Nintendo has also announced their next mobile game: Mario Kart Tour. It'll be released somewhere this year or early next year. Who knows. ...Who cares? I sure don't. Nintendo Switch all the way!
One more news nugget: Nintendo Switch Online will begin in September 2018. More details to come. When they come, they'll probably get a dedicated article.
There are many implications to Super Mario Odyssey being so successful. Perhaps you can think of some in the comments section, since this article didn't actually go into detail on what those are. As far as KoopaTV is concerned, it makes it that much easier to be able to explain the horrors contained with that title if everyone is familiar with it.
How much higher are Super Mario Odyssey's sales three months later? Find out!