It's Nintendo financial reporting time! This time, the fiscal year that went from April 2017 to March 2018 is over, and now we begin a new fiscal year of April 2018 to March 2019. Nintendo is projecting some mighty fine numbers for that. They have sold 17.79 million Nintendo Switch consoles so far... and now they plan to sell an additional 20 million by the end of March 2019, along with 100 million Nintendo Switch games.
Super Mario Odyssey has sold an astonishing 10.41 million units, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 9.22 million. By comparison, Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U has only sold a lifetime of 8.42 million units, and it was by far the best-selling game on the Wii U. My favourite, Splatoon 2, now has 6.02 million sales!
Here is a chart I made of the “bottom-tier” million-plus sellers:
|Featuring 1-2-Switch, ARMS, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Kirby Star Allies.|
Somehow, 1-2-Switch got a boost from the holiday season, so people bought it for Christmas.
Fortunately, no one bought or received ARMS as a Christmas gift.
Here's hoping Kirby Star Allies overtakes ARMS three months from now!
So, Nintendo and the Switch did very well. The 3DS still lives on by all of those remakes and ports announced in that March 2018 Nintendo Direct, though its forecasts are reduced significantly.
Before I discuss the new president of Nintendo, I have to make yet another comment about how Nintendo uses the word new, because Super Smash Bros. fans think that current (for now) president Tatsumi Kimishima's financial presentation proves that the Super Smash Bros. for Switch is a brand-new game built from the ground up. It doesn't prove anything. Take a look:
I'm maintaining my skepticism about the new-ness of Super Smash Bros. For Switch. Fortunately, we'll know for sure within a month and a half.
I've mentioned Tatsumi Kimishima several times already — who is this Furukawa guy in the article title? He is Shuntaro Furukawa, and starting on June 28, 2018 (aka July), he will be the NEW president of Nintendo!
We know almost nothing about him. His Wikipedia article was literally made just today. As you might expect, there isn't much there. He's only 46 and knows fluent English. A lot of media outlets are commenting about how young he is and how that's very significant, but I think they're just ageist. I'm hoping that Furukawa has a personality. I can't recall a single time we saw Kimishima actually present something in front of a camera. It's always through lower-level minions, unlike with Iwata.
With the power of English fluency, Furukawa can make himself as a known guy in the Nintendo community, should he choose to do so. He also has experience in Nintendo's marketing, which could mean more fun stuff will happen during his tenure for us to write about! (Assuming he's sympathetic from a budget allocation standpoint to his old department.)
New leadership may also mean they'll double-down on this whole mobile garbage thing. They just announced Dragalia Lost, an action game for smartphones designed by Cygames for release this year. Sounds disastrous. We'll see.
Do you have any secret knowledge about Shuntaro Furukawa? KoopaTV would love to be a cited reference on his new Wikipedia article, so if you have anything noteworthy, let's talk about it. In any case, there is a lot to unpack here in today's news, with lots not mentioned in this article, but KoopaTV is willing to talk about everything! This article is KoopaTV's 1,337th article, which is extremely significant.
This is the article back when Kimishima was announced as the new president of Nintendo.
Here is the 2017 version of this article, in terms of fiscal year timings.
The article describing the previous quarter (October to December 2017)'s financial results can be found here.
Reminder that Nintendo also considers Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Switch to be a new game.
Kimishima and Furukawa team up for the ensuing questions and answers session!
Furukawa is now the president! No one knows about him.
One quarter later: Do we have answers to our sales questions?
The whole year has passed. Did Nintendo meet goals? Did Furukawa impress the world?