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Nintendo posts first yearly profit in four years as Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros. 4, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire sell a bundle
The champagne is surely flowing in the Nintendo office today as the consolemaker has posted a yearly profit for the first time since 2011. After tabulating sales of almost ¥550 billion (about $4.6 billion), Nintendo announced an operating income of ¥24.77 billion (about $207 million) during their most recent fiscal year (April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015).
It’s quite a turnaround for the company, and it’s all due to an influx of big-selling titles on the 3DS and Wii U. Leading the way was Super Smash Bros. For 3DS and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U. Nintendo’s ridiculously popular fighting game sold 6.75 million copies on the 3DS and 3.65 million on the Wii U for a grand total of 10.4 million copies. Another connected pair of games almost reached eight figures this past year, but Pokemon: Omega Ruby and Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire will have to settle for a 9.94 million tally instead.
Mario Kart 8 was next on the sales charts, producing sales in excess of 5.11 million copies sold. And speaking of the Mario Kart franchise, Mario Kart 7 sold 2 million copies during the fiscal year, which pushes its lifetime sales past 11.7 million copies. Sticking with the 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D also performed well in the last 12 months, selling more than 2 million copies.
Finally, Nintendo also shared hardware sales figures for both the Wii U and 3DS. Nintendo’s home console has sold 9.54 million systems since its 2012 launch while the 3DS has chipped in 52 million in sales for the handheld’s entire family.
Shoppers looking for a 3DS XL this holiday season will have another option beginning December 2 as Nintendo has announced the handheld will also be offered as a special Mario Kart 7 bundle.
The Blue/Black 3DS XL will retail for $199.99 and come with a copy of Mario Kart 7 pre-installed on the system. The basic 3DS XL pack also retails for $199.99, so you’re essentially getting Mario Kart 7 for free.
As long as you don’t get Blue Shelled when you’re first in the checkout line.
Nintendo has gone back and added four of 2011’s biggest retail 3DS games to the 3DS eShop. Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, and Mario Kart 7 are all now available for your downloading pleasure.
Another retail 3DS game, the fashionista fantasy Style Savvy: Trendsetters, will be added to the eShop on October 22.
Here’s a look at the rest of the new additions for Nintendo’s download services this week:
Sparkle Snapshots 3D (3DS eShop) – Use your Nintendo 3DS system’s cameras and this software’s easy-to-use camera settings to take 2D pictures, and then personalize your shots any way you want with layers of stickers, ribbons, pens and other 3D effects.
Gradius (3DS eShop) – Blast your way to victory in this classic side-scrolling shooter.
Puzzler World XL (DSiWare) – Boasting over 1,800 different puzzles, with favorites like Sudoku, crosswords and unique offerings like Link-A-Pix and Pieceword, puzzle fans are sure to find a wealth of fun in this unprecedented collection.
Reel Fishing Ocean Challenge (Wii Shop) – It’s a thrilling fishing experience for novices and master anglers alike!
This week’s Nintendo Download brings with it an update for Mario Kart 7. If you want to continue playing the 3DS racer online, you’ll have to download this update, which permanently eliminates shortcut exploits from from the tracks “Wuhu Loop,” “Maka Wuhu,” and “Bowser Castle 1.”
When it comes to new games, there’s Kirby’s Block Ball for the 3DS eShop. Originally released on the Game Boy, so not exactly a new game, Kirby’s Block Ball drops the pink puffball into a Breakout-like adventure.
But there is one actual new game this week and its Chronicles of Vampires: The Awakening, a hidden object game that’s now available on the DSiWare Shop.
With their January 31 release date, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Soul Calibur V missed the cutoff date for the monthly NPD report, so Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 emerges victorious once again.
Infinity Ward’s latest shooter was followed by string of titles that have been racking up big sales all Winter including Just Dance 3 (#2), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (#3), NBA 2K12 (#4), and Battlefield 3 (#5). And a #8 finish for Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure capped off a strong 2011 for the toy/video game hybrid, including 22% of all accessory sales.
With no major new releases last month, game and hardware sales for January 2012 dropped 38% from the year before when Dead Space 2, which explains the large number of holdovers from 2011.
You can find the complete top ten for January 2012 after the break. (more…)
Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs, said “When Don James, Executive Vice President of Nintendo America, requested the meeting and he told me he needed us to create some of the Mario Kart 7 cars in real life, I was excited and ready for the challenge. Then he said they need to have a hang glider for flying and a propeller for underwater maneuvering, I thought, he must be joking!”
Tune in to Velocity this Sunday, January 22, at 9 PM; watch and see if they are able to successfully create replicas – to scale! – of the Mario Kart and the Bumble V kart.
Shocker: Modern Warfare 3 leads December NPD list
The NPD Group has released their list of the bestselling games in December and, once again, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 tops the list. The shooter was joined in the top ten by its comrade in arms, Battlefield 3, which gunned down the number five slot.
The rest of the list includes a cross-section of some of this year’s absolute biggest games including Just Dance 3 at #2, Skyrim at #3, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations at #7, and Batman: Arkham City at #10. And Nintendo’s 3DS is finally coming alive with two titles in the top ten: Mario Kart 7 at #4 and Super Mario 3D Land at #9.
Here’s the complete NPD Top Ten for the month of December 2011:
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC)
2. Just Dance 3 (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3)
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
4. Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
5. Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
6. Madden NFL 12 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2)
7. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
8. NBA 2K12 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
9. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
10. Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
With the initial announcement of Nintendo’s 3DS, there was a flurry of obvious guesses as to what franchises would be brought to the new, revolutionary console. Chief among those was the Mario Kart series, which has leapt from one platform to the next with popularity and success. When the trailers first started pouring out for the latest game, titled only Mario Kart 7, fans were not disappointed. Having spent quite a bit of time behind the wheel, I can say that – while blandly titled – Mario Kart 7 lives up to all the hype built around it. (more…)