Nintendo of Japan has officially revealed the company’s most recent financial report. In it, the company details recent sales numbers from the third quarter of the fiscal year and updates its sales forecast.
First, as illustrated by the image above, we have the sales of the Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems. By the end of 2014, the Nintendo 3DS family (which includes the New systems) sold 7.08 million units. The Wii U sold 1.91 million units during the holiday season, bringing its global hardware reach to 9.20 million.
In terms of software, there isn’t much in the way of surprises. The leading titles on the Wii U were Super Smash Bros. with 3.39 million units and Mario Kart 8 with 4.77 million. The 3DS enjoyed 9.35 million sold from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire alongside 6.19 million units of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
The Wii U saw 20.59 million software units sold alongside the Nintendo 3DS’ 53.04 million.
Nintendo 3DS sales have slowed around the world, and Nintendo indicates that that comes because of the news of the New Nintendo 3DS and its imminent release. That makes sense; most consumers don’t want to buy a system with its newer version right around the corner (that comes on Feb. 13, 2015).
That news of the 3DS’ sales alongside the continued weakening of the yen has pushed Nintendo to drop its full-year sales forecast by 6.8 percent. Not a terrible reduction, but a reduction nonetheless.
That same weakening yen, it should be mentioned, has made Nintendo’s efforts more profitable overseas. Even with the 6.8 percent forecasted drop in sales, Nintendo is projecting a 50 percent increase in profit over their initial forecast. That’s good news for the company.