Nintendo’s financial results briefing has been published today following its third quarterly financial results last month. Though it’s a little later than expected, due to the company’s CEO Satoru Iwata falling ill at the end of January, there’s still a lot of information from the presentation to digest. In his shareholder presentation, Satoru Iwata outlines how Nintendo has returned to profit – primarily due to a weakened Yen – after a number of years with operating losses, and quickly sheds light on sales for the 3DS.
While the 3DS hardware sales haven’t been as large as the company had hoped during the 2014 to 2015 fiscal year, Iwata explains handheld software in the Japanese market has boomed over the previous three months between October and December 2014, mainly due to five key titles. Exceeding Nintendo’s expectations, Yokai Watch 2 Hanso and Gonke, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (counted together), Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Monster Hunter 4G – known as Ultimate in the west – were all double-million selling titles within six months in Japan.
Here are the double-million sellers. Three of the five titles are third-party software. Some think that the popularity of smartphones will shrink the business of software for dedicated video game platforms. On the other hand, the market potential of Nintendo 3DS seems to interest developers who are working on games for smartphones, and there have recently been some hit titles for Nintendo 3DS which were originally designed for smartphones, including “Puzzle & Dragons Z” released at the end of 2013. We continue to receive inquiries from various developers.
In regards to Super Smash Bros for 3DS, Satoru Iwata explains that although sales of the title were healthy in Japan and the U.S, it wasn’t the same case for Europe. Since the release, word-of-mouth has reached a pinnacle of sorts in the region and sales of the 3DS brawler are gradually increasing. On the other hand, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have reached 9.35 million units worldwide, though are yet to reach the sales height of Pokemon X and Y.
The “Super Smash Bros.” series is not as popular or well-known in Europe as in Japan and the U.S. This is why the initial sales of “Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS” were not strong in Europe. As the time goes by after the release, however, the sales have picked up thanks to word-of-mouth.
We have sold 9.35 million units of “Pokémon Omega Ruby” and “Pokémon Alpha Sapphire,” which were released worldwide last November. The sales total is smaller than that of “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y,” released in the previous year, as the release date was more than one month later in the year.