Nintendo reports record profits

Strong sales of DS software and hardware and successful launch of the Wii help to raise earnings; 3.19 million Wiis "sold and delivered," 4 million produced in 2006.

Just over two weeks ago, the Mario factory announced that it was raising its profit forecast by 20 percent for the financial year. Today's end-of-nine-month report shows that Nintendo was right to be optimistic--consolidated net sales were up 72.8 percent over the same nine-month period the previous year. Operating income was also up 102.5 percent.

The company claimed that it had sold 3.19 million Wiis worldwide--falling short of its promised supply of 4 million by the end of 2006. Nintendo maintains that it has manufactured 4 million consoles as promised, although only 3.19 million were "sold and delivered." The breakdown showed 1.1 million units had been sold in Japan, 1.3 million in the Americas, and 800,000 in the rest of the world.

During the nine months ending December 31, three Wii games hit the 1 million sales mark, along with 13 DS titles, and three Game Boy Advance games.

The Nintendo DS sold 18.9 million units in the past nine months worldwide, making the total sold 35.6 million. Software for the handheld had reached 154 million units sold worldwide, of which new titles made up 21.6 million.

Nintendo also noted that nearly 1.4 million Wii systems had been connected to the Internet, and 1.5 million Virtual Console games had been downloaded or purchased. Also, 3.5 million unique users had played games on their DS using a Wi-Fi connection, making over 100 million connections in total.

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ssalex333
ssalex333

in my personal opinion i dont want a wii, i think ive grown out of nintendo. gamecube proved that to me. i bought it and only bought the zeldas and resident evil for it. i thougth about getting a wii for zelda but the thought of having to swing my arms around for hours made me not want it anymore. i just want to control a game and not have to swing or jerk, or shake the controller. then i thought that id be gamecube all over it with crappy 3rd party support and all the rest being mario spin offs like Mario soccer, mario tennis, and the like. so for this particular gamer bye bye nintendo.

digitalmel
digitalmel

Maquis_UK amen to that bro, couldn't of said it better myself

katamari
katamari

At the end of the day it all comes down to gameplay. Play the games that give you a great gaming experience.

disfalling
disfalling

when people get on here, do they just bang their head against the keyboard or what?

eplagge
eplagge

The Nintendo Wii is fun, I have to admit. However I still think that once the whole wii-mote fad wears off, Nintendo will end up in third place again. However I think we are going to get closer to a 33/33/33 market share for the 3 big ones.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

Euanp reckons that simply not having blood in makes a game for kids? Metroid is a classic franchise built on exploration not gore, it never had blood, why should they needlessly add it now? to encourage the Need Bigger Guns mentality? and Red Steel is VIOLENT with a capital V. it is rated *16*, can you explain how thats for kids? ( Zelda actually has a *12* rating on, and shoudn't actually be available to kids anyway! ) ...furthermore, when the press rise up (as they regularly do) against the violence that kids and teens encounter in video games, Nintendo need not dodge any bullets as their consoles are not built on violence for the sake of it. leave the lawsuits and the Jack Thompsons to whore-killin' GTA and give me a brain-warper like Pikmin rather than testosterone-filled "Gears pwnage" carbon-copied shooters anyday!

Euanp
Euanp

wiidominance Red Steel, call of duty 3, metroid prime corruption, those for kids ?? hmmmmm ...... , Metroid and red steel don't have any blood in, i think no swearing either i actually left the ninty side of the force coz the games were bright and colourful and for japanese. But well done ninty for the sales, I hope you make a revival into older games so i can start liking your consoles again. (the n64 had some adult games, since rare left hardly any that weren't cartoon or easy)

Teka522001
Teka522001

Go tendo!! but i still do not understand why people can hate any of the next gen consoles...... all the consoles are great its what games you get on them and lets just see what tendo have up there sleeve that we dont know about, im sure theyll do something very impressive.. Also sony has a lot more money than microsoft its just that bill gates is the richest man in the world, his company is not.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

It is great to see the good guys of the games industry doing well. It won't happen, but I would love to see the Evil Playstation die a slow horrible death and have the GeekBox 360 follow it.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

lol tekken. cos thats not dead now or anything..! Nintendo are back baby and aint it sweeeet.

rgjj
rgjj

i mean who wants to play golf when there is Gears of War or tekken ? lol doesnt appeal to everyone does it looks nice feels nice plays bloody good to but when u have social nights in u really cant rely on the 360 or ps3 for that matter makin for an interestin night! nothin worse than tryin to explain controlls to people and allowin them to learn how to play without makin them look useless! they've done well old ninty and the refreshin change has worked well handheld an on ur tv. keep it up. better for gamers in the long run.

eanbowman
eanbowman

Masoud03 "i mean who wants to play golf when there is Gears of War or tekken ?" Well that's only true if you make the blatantly false assumption that there are only golf games for the Wii... (or Kids games or whatever)

roareh
roareh

crawl back into your holes sony fans. Nintendo, undoubtedly, are FTW.

Masoud03
Masoud03

i don't get why people are still nagging about the ps3 price , i mean if you buy a ps3 , you realy get your moneys worth . the blu-ray , the graphic system , the processor ..... this stuff will be much more than $600 if you buy them separately , the only problem ps3 has is that its got a rival that no-one can beat , Microsoft, and that is because Microsoft has $$$ . so i think if any one wants a new-gen console which is affordable and with good games , xbox 360 is the answer . and by the way , the reason Wii isn't suggested is that Wii games are not the type some people enjoy , i mean who wants to play golf when there is Gears of War or tekken ?

sean_de_retro
sean_de_retro

Keep it up Nintendo you are doing very well this time thanks to the Wii.

meepers9
meepers9

heh it good to see nintendo back into the market again :D

MadCatMk23
MadCatMk23

"the mario factory"! lol Nice! I hope Nintendo rules the world some day!

Agelu
Agelu

HOORAY FOR THE TRUE KING OF VIDEO GAMES!!! Nintendo, it took you some time; but WELCOME BACK BUDDY!!!

mikethemonkey
mikethemonkey

I'm glad and surprised to see these numbers for Nintendo.Good job to them. This console was make or break. looks like they hit gold! With Xbox 360 running hot will there be room for the PS3..Not looking good for Sony headquarters!

faridmon
faridmon

and yeah one more thing, anyone who realized Sony isn't leading, just buy an XBOX 360, there fans are very desperate, they think that there are not enough XBOX fans out there to stop Nintendo's momentum.

faridmon
faridmon

I sold my brand new white PSP to one of the chavs, and for what to see the fanboys faces and just laugh and laugh and laugh, but thats not all, i sold so i could get a Wii adn a DS, but thats not the only thing why i sold my brand PSP (since i got enough money which i can buy every system except the PS3, thats just expensive),.......................................... 10 AAA games (from gamespot of course, biased), terribly boring games and i could just die silently. simply put, the DS owns. yeah and the Wii.

eanbowman
eanbowman

nashvileskyline: Cool. You're a good person :0) This study you speak of must only consider 20:20 vision subjects because one astronaut with exceptionally good vision was purported to see the trails on large ocean liners from space. That's quite the small dot and quite the immense distance... My vision is poorer than usual without glasses, I'm near-sighted, and I still see a visual difference between standard definition and high-definition video at an average viewing distance. (My prescription is -0.75 diopters or whatever, I can drive legally without glasses but road signs are a little blurry.) I can't find the article... I think my astronaut story might be wrong or just hard to find. I swear I heard it in a documentary. Oh well. Here's a link to the best vision ever recorded and why the optics in your eyes really don't matter ;) [url]http://www.osnsupersite.com/view.asp?rID=6118[/url] So on the issue of whether High-def really matters or not? Well on a quantitative level, I think it does. On a preferential level? Well, most HDTV signals are so compressed they're almost unwatchable anyway... Video games don't suffer this same problem and they look incredible in higher resolutions. I'll sacrifice higher resolutions for a few dollars however. I will never buy a video card that costs as much as a whole PC does... that's just me. So I'm on the side of Nintendo there I suppose. Graphics output doesn't really matter to me. I play last-gen games all the time... they're cheaper and just as fun. :P Newer last-gen games (Wii games) will likely be just as entertaining... and I don't believe like some that it's library will consist of nothing but boring childrens games.

wiidominance
wiidominance

Red Steel, call of duty 3, metroid prime corruption, those for kids ?? hmmmmm ......

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

Regginator14520 Nintendo, the very last company from the retro era who survives to say they were, survives to say they are, survives to say they forever will be the best. The revolution has begun. Good job Nintendo, kicking ass and taking names.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Many people credit Sony for pushing gaming to where it is today, but alot of people don't know that it was because of Nintendo that the video game industry thrived once more. This company literally saved video games from the brink of extinction, not only that but when Sony took all of Nintendo's 3rd party support it was still able to survive with using mostly their 1st party games as a life support. So never underestimate Nintendo. Just when u think they're down, they always manage to surprise u.

Eloy
Eloy

I still don` get it...it`s incredible how much polemic has caused this new generation...that`s good because makes publicity even if you don`t know. Yeah man I`ve already know that Resident Evil 4 wasn`t an exclusive title for gamecube, but at least it was for one year and a half...and get consagrated in the nintendo console.

Madmokeyrtu
Madmokeyrtu

Nintendo Rules !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NINTENDO!!!!!!!!!!

mike_515
mike_515

Wooow thats loads of money Well done Nintendo, you deserve every penny you get, it's an awsum and innovative console congrats! HEY! Reggie remeber that fiver you owe me......

xatman911
xatman911

A lot of big numbers. But 100 million connections on Wifi, that is something amazing to see.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Yep, lots of DS all over the place.

bghattas
bghattas

Alright, I deleted my "grammar post". Sorry to both of you. I'm from Ottawa. There are plenty of French-Canadians here.

nashvileskyline
nashvileskyline

also...I forgot to mention that english is my second language...here in Quebec we speak french...well mostly

cwgr8621
cwgr8621

it's winter-enn-mas people! we should all be getting along! but i'll have some **** to say on the 1st

nashvileskyline
nashvileskyline

by the way lol...I know it's NASHVILLE with two " L " but nashville skyline from bob dylan is one of my favorite album and I couldn't choose it as nickname because there we're too many characters when I created my account. Sorry to pop your balloon.

bghattas
bghattas

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crills
crills

bghattas man im writeing on my lab top while doing orders and helping people and trying to feed my self at my job. cause im trying to come home early tobay to go play some wii sorry if my spellings off .p.s. im not AMERICAN IM CUBAN

anton10000
anton10000

This is the second coming! After too deprssing generations, Nintendo's back on top!

nashvileskyline
nashvileskyline

I'm sorry for not putting up the link...I'll try my best tonight to do so, I'm at school right now and can't put a lot of time in searching for it. But the study in question has no relations with television by the way. It's a study that shows ( I'm saying it roughly cause I've studied in college many years ago and can't really remember everything) well, it shows that a human eye, beyond a certain distance, can no longer see two separate dots or colors. It results in a blending of those colors or dots or pixels or wathever we wanna call them. So, it doesn't really matter how many dots or pixels you can show if the human eye can't see them. It will result as a blend anyway and you won't see more textures or definition if you don't have a really big screen where the dots are bigger. But also, I'm 25 and love all kinds of video games : violent ones..clever ones..puzzle ones etc etc... I also have many friends who looove non violent games. So when a game is not violent or doesn't not include big guns it doesn't mean it's a kiddie game, it may not be your type of game though. If the only thing you can call an adult game is a violent game...well I ain't proud of being an adult.

bghattas
bghattas

Boy, Crills, you have the worst grammar and punctuation I've seen for a 30 year old with kids. Either you're not American or you don't use Firefox Mozilla. This isn't My Space. I was thinking of re-writing your entire post so everyone could understand it but I suggest you switch to Mozilla.

Nron
Nron

ya ok..........halo

crills
crills

Auron7814 im with you 100 percent they think a game have to have a m on it to be mature lol how stupid i bet they think if it dont have a gun in it it not mature lol stupid nintendo haters by next year i will be lol when the wii still selling and there right up there with 360 on the sales side not game side cause wii all know nintendo king of the first party. on a side note nin tendo weres kid ircarus at wii miss him lol

eanbowman
eanbowman

For those bashing the Wii library for being kiddie... might I mention Red Steel... I bet there will be a ton more great games like it. As well, the controller isn't bad at all - and you can use the old gamecube controllers too. I'm sure there's more to be had from the Wii than kids' games. As I've already said, the graphics quality isn't very good at all. It's adequate but not great.

eanbowman
eanbowman

"nashvileskyline I'm not saying it's same so don't quote me wrong. I'm saying the human eye can't see the difference. The study goes back to the end of the 80's and how the human eyes work with points and colors. I will try to find a link to that study and how it relates to our current topic. I don't care about your (url) **** by the way...if you can't read what I write then don't read it and praise your ps3" Ok, first of all there's no need to take offence and be all defensive. I was just telling you that you CAN post links that WORK in this forum... Secondly, I did not quote you incorrectly. In fact you may notice I only put quotes around what was actually a quote. That's a correct quote my friend. As well, what I said was the gist of what you said and just re-iterated! Worst of all you didn't even post a link! Besides which a study from the 80's is bound to be inaccurate as we're used to a higer level of visual quality all around. Anyone they may have tested and inverviewed might have been inundated with crap visuals for so many years they truly COULDN'T tell the difference. Also, trust me... I'm not rooting for the PS3. Nice try at using a cheap jab.

crills
crills

theh8er your so funny hommie that it makes me cry so the ps3 and the 360 are for adults lol. and the wii is for kids yea ok well let me tell you when i was on line to get one on the 19 th of nov every body on line was an adult that was buying it for them selfs and there was hundreds of us standing in toy r us in the bx. im allmost 30 and i have a 360 but since i got my wii i have not been playing it alot i beat gow in one day while it took me a few weeks to beat zelda. so what your saying is untru there are alot of adults playing the wii and me i like mines better then the other 2 .but that just me i enjoy game play over graphics anyday and thats the problem now adays everyones focused on the graphics and not the gameplay thats why most games are garbage while most nintendo games are great cause of the storys and there good gameplay. and why would haveing ant bully on the wii is a bad thing well i have 3 kids and its nice to know thats theres games on the wii for them i wont play it but they will the wii is for everybody.and all them games you said are ok but we seen them all ready last gen whats new about them what there in hd right lol how old are you cause a real gamer will play on a toaster if the game is fun.at least the wii offers some thing new and not the same thing while im enjoying new fresh ideas and games you will be playing mgs 5 6 or halo 3 4 or the other parts of games that been out like crackdown thats just gta meets hulk see the point im getting to its all the same wii need something new weather it be sony or ms or nintendo we needed something new im just glad it was nintendo cause there the origanators of good gameplay.