Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Nintendo's financial woes

"The company was actually doing pretty well but then they hit a banana peel and lost all their coins," comedian jokes on late night TV.

Nintendo's recent financial woes served as fodder for the monologue segment of last night's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC.

During the segment, host Jimmy Fallon says, "The company was actually doing pretty well but then they hit a banana peel and lost all their coins," presumably referencing the Mario Kart series.

He then rolls a clip of the original Super Mario Bros., altered so that the iconic castle at the end of the level becomes a Cash 4 Gold store.

"Even sadder is he's going to spend all that money on mushrooms," Fallon quips.

Of course, Fallon's remarks are meant only to be funny. Fallon himself is a big fan of video games, and his show hypes games once a year through its annual Video Game Week. His past guests have even included Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.

Things could get awkward if Fils-Aime comes back next summer.

Though Fallon made light of the situation, Nintendo is probably not laughing. The company announced this week that the Wii U has failed to perform to expectation and revealed that a third straight annual loss is on the horizon.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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343 comments
ENGDragon83
ENGDragon83

Agreed with Katie easy way to get headlines

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

"Things could get awkward if Fils-Aime comes back next summer."

WHAT??? Eddie, please stick to nonsense reporting (actually, don't) and don't ever step into free-writing your thoughts on top of that. Just when you think it can't get any worse... "Mak-ooh" surprises us once more.

Matt Davies
Matt Davies

Mario is off to pawn some of his plumbing tools. He never has time to do his 'proper' job because he is constantly having to rescue the princess!

Pierre-Luc Rancourt
Pierre-Luc Rancourt

We all know that the gold you gave them will be melt and returned to the little Indians who will make new jewelry with it that will be sold on stupid tv network and then you will sell that gold again ... it is a never ending loop

kbaily
kbaily

Slow news day GS?  Seriously if you're growing tired of the "Nintendo is doomed" thing GS keeps doing.  Bear in mind that the PS4 and X1 are out now and there's no killer games for anything on the horizon so sites are looking for anything to generate traffic.  "Click bait" is the term that's used.  That's why I liked old gaming magazines.  When you had to sum up a month's worth of content, you had to focus on reviews, previews and didn't have time for puff pieces, top tens, speculation and wannabe sales anaylsis.

Katie Lazzelle-Baily
Katie Lazzelle-Baily

No because all the "Nintendo is doomed" crap makes for click bait on the gaming sites when there's nothing new to talk about right now.

Thaddeus Gasper
Thaddeus Gasper

They say Nintendo is in a rut but it's the hole gaming world right now in a rut there's no good new games out there and unlike sony or microsoft Nintendo don't got a backup cash flow like computers or tv so till the gaming world get some new blood this is how it's going to be

David Sil
David Sil

I guess everyone that works in gaming media has far more than $10 billion which is why they think Nintendo is in trouble...

Shane Cross
Shane Cross

No they won't do some home work ul see

Shane Cross
Shane Cross

Loved Nintendo but ....... SEAAAAGA........ Was the best gona get my sega mega cd n drive out today

Nick Getley
Nick Getley

Anthony Zombo Sega went broke because they didnt secure EA games and other important third party devs, you dolt.

Tony Nox
Tony Nox

who the hell is jimmy fallon

Steven Cocking
Steven Cocking

If they can survive the game cube tragedy they can survive anything

Reece Lewandowski
Reece Lewandowski

People have short memories: Nintendo Wii is the best selling console of the 360/PS3 era and one of the greatest selling consoles in history. Nintendo aren't in "finacial woes" just because Wii U isn't selling good doesn't mean Nintendo is doing bad (heck 3ds is the best selling system of 2013) and if Nintendo announced a powerful console that's on par with PS4 they would destroy X1 and be a dominate player against PS4.

Joshua DeWayne Gregory
Joshua DeWayne Gregory

That's why I said in the next 5 years. Not 5 days. It's only a matter of time before even the Nintendo loyals get tired of the same crap re and re-re-released.

Jeff Seveland
Jeff Seveland

They didn't cancel "their own" magazine either. Nintendo Power was being published by the same company that publishes Official Xbox Magazine. Nintendo stopped publishing it years ago. They had the other company scrap it completely because video game magazines just dont sell any more. People get their info on the net from sources like IGN and from digital mags. They are just below expected sales with the Wii U. But they still sold over 5 million consoles so far. This year Smash Bros, Mario Party, Donkey Kong Country, and Mario Kart all come out. Theyre going to sell. Xbox Ones are sitting already.

Nathan Nandy Smith
Nathan Nandy Smith

I'll tell you what though,in all seriousness I can't wait to play Zelda on my Xbox or playstation

William Blade
William Blade

Mobile gaming will never overtake handheld gaming for anything but casual games. You'd have to be an idiot to play a rpg, or the like with creepy touch screen controls.

Joshua DeWayne Gregory
Joshua DeWayne Gregory

They've sold about 14 million units worldwide. Even if it cost $500 per unit, which it doesn't, that wouldn't equal 8 billion in sales much less net profit.

Justin Roane
Justin Roane

Nintendo is sitting on over 10 bil Sega was sitting on nothing That's like comparing Sears and Wal Mart

Joshua DeWayne Gregory
Joshua DeWayne Gregory

I have a feeling that the mobile market will overtake the handheld in the next 5 years. It's more convenient, games are cheaper, and the computing power of mobile devices are already beyond what the DS/3DS can do. As soon as major third party developers see this, Nintendo will have to cut their losses and follow suit.

Derek Torres
Derek Torres

Well thats a good relief, I will report this on Nintendo life. Thanks for the tip.

Derek Torres
Derek Torres

My friend you have a point, but Nintendo will always take the lead.

Anthony Zombo
Anthony Zombo

Sega went bankrupt because they kept abandoning their consoles. That would burn all the money in the vault and make the consumer not buy their product. Nintendo has not made a stupid business like Sega did back then. Do you not know the basics of economics?

Anthony Ryan Domenick
Anthony Ryan Domenick

Hardly. Nintendo isn't anywhere close to being in the position Sega was in. Even if the Wii U does fail completely, Nintendo will be fine.

Phoenix Wright
Phoenix Wright

HOLD IT! You do realize Nintendo is nowhere near the breaking point that SEGA was at.

Nathan Nandy Smith
Nathan Nandy Smith

It's Sega all over again. Heartbreak twice in my life is to much :'(

John Thebault
John Thebault

I foresaw problems when they cancelled their own magazine.

Zack Myers
Zack Myers

Jimmy Fallon is not even funny, getting tired of seeing him over my feed.

Ryan Goins
Ryan Goins

2nd? Also, I had no idea that Nintendo was doing that poorly.

goosetroop
goosetroop

announced a powerful console. when have they ever?