Nintendo Printing Money, Profits Up 261 Per Cent

Nintendo Printing Money, Profits Up 261 Per Cent

Nintendo released its earnings for the three months ending last December, and the Kyoto-based game company is doing extremely well.

Revenue reached 482.97 billion yen ($US4.44 ($5) billion) and surpassing forecasts of 407.86 billion yen. As CNBC points out, Nintendo’s operating profit also jumped 261 per cent year-on-year.

Nintendo has also increased its Switch sales projections to 15 million from 14 million.

Here is Nintendo’s statement:

For the nine months ended December 31, 2017, the Nintendo Switch hardware sold well following the launch and sales volume rose substantially during the holiday season. For the Nintendo Switch software, Super Mario Odyssey was released in October and has been a big hit, with global sales reaching 9.07 million units. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, released in April, has sold 7.33 million units, and Splatoon 2, released in July, has sold 4.91 million units, bringing to 8 the total number of million-seller titles for this fiscal year including the titles of other software publishers. The result is that hardware sales during this period totaled 12.13 million units, and software sales volume totaled 47.10 million units.

Nintendo 3DS hardware sales did not weaken after the launch of Nintendo Switch. In fact, sales grew during the holiday season in the US. Sales volume was firm in other regions as well, with the total reaching 5.86 million units (9% decrease on a year-on-year basis). For the Nintendo 3DS software, sales of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, released in November, have grown to 7.17 million units, but overall software sales declined to 31.25 million units (33% decrease on a year-on-year basis).

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition, launched globally during September and October, proved to be a hit. We also expanded our amiibo lineup with new amiibo released simultaneously with software titles, pushing sales to approximately 9.30 million units for figure-type and approximately 5.00 million units for card-type.

In our download business, brisk download sales for Nintendo Switch helped push total download sales up to 43.1 billion yen (87% increase on a year-on-year basis).

In our smart-device business, consumers not only continued to enjoy Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes, which became available for download during the previous fiscal year, but also had fun with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, released globally during October and November. Smart devices and IP related income were up to 29.1 billion yen (172% increase on a year-on-year basis).


  • But how can Nintendo be making money when all the experts keep saying they don’t know what they’re doing?

      • Its not the first time. They were declared dead several times during the 60’s as they tried to transition from playing cards into other entertainment streams.

  • Nobody is going to talk about the “261 per cent”? Either they mean 261%, or they mean each cent they made has been multiplied by 261.

    • There are actually three recognised and correct ways to use the phrase ‘percent’, being ‘percent’, ‘per cent’ and the symbol ‘%’. The correct usage is further defined by each individual publication in their house style guide.

      So no. No one will talk about the grammatically correct sentence to which you refer.

  • Nintendo Printing Money, Profits Up 261 Per Cent

    So, going by the headline, Nintendo is printing its own currency so it can buy its own stock to improve profit figures?


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