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.
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