Nintendo today released its financial results for the period April-June 2010, and amidst all the boring stuff are some points of genuine interest.
Money Comes, Money Goes First up, Nintendo continues to see a massive decline in both net sales and operating income, the former down 25% from the same point last year, the latter down 45%. You may think this is down to a decline in Wii sales, but it's not; instead, Wii sales actually increased, but dips in DS sales, as well as software for both the DS and Wii, accounted for the decline.
Sales Figures The big sellers for the quarter were (all figures are worldwide:
Super Mario Galaxy 2 - 4 million
Wii Sports Resort - 3 million
Wii Sports - 2.7 million
Wii Fit Plus - 1.8 million
Pokemon heartgold/Soulsilver - 1.7 million
New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 1.1 million
That final figure is interesting; many of Nintendo's first-party titles have tended to enjoy a "long tail", selling strongly many months and even years after release. It's strange to see New Super Mario Bros. Wii slip so quickly compared to earlier titles like Mario Kart.
Release Dates You can never take anything to the bank from the release schedules in Nintendo's financial results, because they're never intended to be truly authoritative, but there are still some interesting points of note.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which we already figured was coming in 2011 in the West, is listed as "TBA" in Japan (and "2011" for both North America & Europe). Could Nintendo be trying for a Christmas launch for the game in its home territory?
- The Last Story, an RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy, is listed as "2010" for Japan but is not listed for a Western release, suggesting any such version would be a 2011 title.
- Monado: Beginning of the World: Are you ever coming out? Because you're still listed as "TBA".