Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima is extremely confident about Nintendo’s next platform the NX receiving global success. While Kimishima concedes that Wii U sales aren’t suddenly going to turn around, he believes that the NX sales will in fact compensate for the reduced Wii U hardware sales as Nintendo slowly makes the transition to the new platform.
We are predicting about 800,000 Wii U hardware sales in the fiscal year ending March 2017, which is a decrease of about 2.4 million units compared to the previous year. NX and smart device business will be essential to cover this gap, but we also expect download content business to play a role. However, we are planning with the expectation that NX sales will compensate for much of the impact on sales from reduced Wii U hardware sales.