Nintendo Turns A Profit on Handhelds, Plans Theme Park Attractions

Nintendo, after several consecutive quarters of loss, revealed that they had turned a 207.83 million dollar profit for the fiscal year ending on March 31st 2015, a success that has seen the gaming giant payout year-end dividends to its shareholders  This news comes after the company had previously lost over 400 million dollars in 2014. The report, found on Nintendo’s Japanese website, also states that nearly 75 percent of the company’s sales during the period came from Japanese sources. The biggest takeaway? This is the first full-year profit for Nintendo in almost five years.

According to the report, the bulk of these sales has come from Nintendo’s handheld division. 2014 and 2015 have been strong for the 3DS platform. Over 7 million units have sold between the 2DS, New Nintendo 3DS and XL, etc. Tentpole releases like Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby (nearly ten million units to date) and Super Smash Bros for 3DS (almost 7 million in the same time frame) have bolstered sales as well. Other strong sellers included the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Tomodachi Life. To date, the 3DS has sold more than 50 million units worldwide.


The Nintendo Wii U managed to scrape together 3.38 million units sold over the past fiscal year. Both Mario Kart 8 (5.11 million units) and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (3.65 million units) were big hits for the platform. Lifetime sales of the Wii U since release in November of 2012 are right around 9.5 million. Big N also wants to continue expanding its install base of these big hits with future DLC for Mario Kart and Smash. This all feeds into expanding the Amiibo line into cards along with offering more systems and games that work with them. It remains to be seen what their partnership with DeNA will result in revenue-wise.


In other Nintendo News, Universal and Nintendo today announced that they would be collaborating to bring the gaming giant’s enormous stable of classic games and characters to Universal’s theme parks sometime in the future. According to the announcement, the partnership will see attractions based on Nintendo characters and properties launched at Universal owned parks, including Universal Studios in Florida and California. Both Universal and Nintendo will work closely together to bring the Nintendo rides to life. As of writing, no other details concerning the team-up have been announced, but we will update this article as they are revealed.

What do you guys think? Would you visit a Nintendo theme park, and what kind of attractions do you think will come about as a result of this new partnership? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter, where you can always find us @APGNation.

Source: Nintendo

Nicole Seraphita
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My name is Nicole Seraphita and I’m 27. I’ve been gaming since the days of the NES and have owned at least one system from each generation since then. My favorite type of games if most definitely RPGs, with my favorites being titles like Chrono Cross, Persona 4, and Tales of Xillia, though I also sometimes dabble in platforming games, fighting games, and visual novels. When I’m not writing for APGNation or playing games, I enjoy table top and card games, watch anime, and write fiction that I occasionally publish online. I tend to write a lot of Sci-fi and the occasional bit of fantasy, with the often overlooked sub-genre of Biopunk being my favorite. I’ve also written a few visual novels, though only one of them has made it all the way to completion thus far. My current dream is to be able to bring the Monster Girl genre to a western audience.

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