Nintendo's nine-month profits, sales double up

Mario Factory sees revenues and income jump on "robust sales" of hardware and software; Wii global sales hit 20M.

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Nintendo certainly seems to be having a good year so far. The Mario Factory has seen Wii sales hit 5 million in Japan, and was recently praised by analysts for being "the belle of the hardware ball." Stock shortages of the Nintendo Wii console and DS Lite handheld continue to attest to their popularity with consumers in major markets such as the UK, US, and Japan, as they simultaneously raise eyebrows about Nintendo's hardware supply systems.

This demand is certainly having a positive effect on Nintendo's finances. The Japanese firm this morning reported that its nine-month sales revenue, ended December 31, almost doubled, from ¥712.5 billion ($6.7 billion) to ¥1.316 trillion ($12.4 billion) in the same period in 2007. Its net income over the same period was ¥259 billion ($2.4 billion), up from ¥132 billion ($1.2 billion) in 2006.

The Nintendo DS certainly helped those numbers along with 24.5 million units sold during the nine month period, and Nintendo's financial statement also reports that the Wii has passed 20 million units in sales since its launch in 2006. It singled out Wii Fit, Super Mario Galaxy, and Mario Party 8 as having "robust sales," and said that Wii Sports and Wii Play, which come bundled with the console and extra controller respectively in some regions, had "continued their strong sales performance."

Nintendo also reported "favourable performance" in the sales of DS software, "led by new titles The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and Mario Party DS" and backed up by long-term achievers Nintendogs and New Super Mario Bros.

The company clearly feels these strong performances are set to continue--as predicted, Bloomberg reports that it has raised its sales forecast by 5.2 percent to ¥1.63 trillion ($15.3 billion) for the 12 months to March 31, 2008. This represents a gain of 69 percent over the previous year.

Discussion

149 comments
xgalacticax
xgalacticax

In all honesty, I don't see how Nintendo should fear the PS3. Even Microsoft shouldn't fear it cause most of PS3's software line up is the same as the 360s and both MS and Sony struggle for the same market. The surge in sales of PS3 happened because of a price drop. Eventually, Sony will have to do more than releasing a new colour or another price drop to keep the sales strong. I hear Nintendo's got a new model DS and theyre just waiting for a decline in DS lite sales before they release the new one. PS3 will enjoy success much later because other consoles will show their age long before PS3 does.

negodosul
negodosul

GREAT! NINTENDO............BUT KEEP A EYE ON PS3!

gigamouse510
gigamouse510

yep... nintendo is the best maybe next gen xbox and ps

pigilikepoe
pigilikepoe

"It's not about graphics, it's about gameplay." Couldn't agree more.

nate1222
nate1222

I keep telling people, "Graphics were as good as they needed to be last-gen (PS2/XBox/GC). The focus needs to be BC, cost and inovation." Yet, they're still baffled by the Wii's success. Flashy graphics are nice, but not neccessary.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

just think how nintendo keeps on doing it, so the gamecube flopped and they just totally redeem themselves:P

Drewg1e
Drewg1e

well i can honestly say nintendo is an amazing company, and it isn't the marketing or consoles, but the quality and love in their works that really sells them for me. the wii is the weakest of all the consoles on the market now, yet it is still #1 not because of graphics but because the games they make are absolutely amazing. they are always pushing the envelope with every game and system. As much as i like games on other systems with their amazing graphics and such i keep spending the majority of my game time on a nintendo product because of the quality and game play

somberfox
somberfox

I'm starting to feel like the Wii is a myth because I've never seen one, ever. I've never seen any online store have one in stock, never seen a physical store have anything but games in their game cases.

Slash_out
Slash_out

That's nice...............(goes back to fire emblemon wii ^^).

Haku_Ryushi
Haku_Ryushi

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the_Hippest_Cat
the_Hippest_Cat

Well now that Nintendo has all these billions of dollars, it should be interesting to see what types of work they get themselves on. Hire some writers, maybe come up with some new material, franchises, and characters within the next 2 years or so.

ftjx
ftjx

congratulations Nintendo

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

asimplerapper Nintendo, you really betrayed me with the wii. I was expecting more from it. = ( ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You was expecting what? A 360/PS3 clone?

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Thats it. Wii won this war. Game Over Sony and MS.

asimplerapper
asimplerapper

Nintendo, you really betrayed me with the wii. I was expecting more from it. = (

razu_gamer
razu_gamer

Funnily enough Zack and wiki done better in UK. IGN said. But I am not at all surprised. I actually saw 3 adverts in a time space of 2 days only watching about 2 hours of TV per day. Yeah, capcom thought it out this time.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Liquid snake said: ". I also dont know where you say most sold in 1m units, because they didnt. and better known than the ps2? wats that based on, the fact that the wiis 3rd highest rated game zack and wiki, isnt owned by anyone?" --- I own it and so does my mate. Thats 2 people.

-Ronin-_basic
-Ronin-_basic

Love them or hate them, 20 million in just over a year is phenomenal. And just under 25 million DS units in 9 months? There are a lot of haters out there; some for legitimate reasons, others for no good reason at all. But to doubt or downplay their success, or deny that they've earned it (during a time when people were predicting their 'death' after the Gamecube) is madness (just throwing that in for someone to make a Sparta joke). They took big gambles with both the Wii and DS, and they've both paid off immensely. They deserve everything they've gotten.

6h05tly
6h05tly

20M Wiis since it's 2006 launch?! :shock: Hooray!!! :lol: (does victory dance)

bardkieran
bardkieran

Liquid snake said: ". I also dont know where you say most sold in 1m units, because they didnt. and better known than the ps2? wats that based on, the fact that the wiis 3rd highest rated game zack and wiki, isnt owned by anyone?" --- They actually have, through lifetime WW sales. Do some market analysis, the numbers are pretty easy to get. Grab NPDs numbers, and factor in MediaCrate or Famitsu's numbers. Simple math will give you your answer. In regards to Zak and Wiki, its the genre of the game. Why did Resident Evil 4 sell so well on the Wii, when a lot of people already played it on GC or PS2? Because it was unique and it aimed at a more "hardcore gamer". The same for other games, like I'd mentioned in my original response to you. I don't play every game that comes out just because it gets good ratings. I'd sooner play a horror survival that gets a 6.0 than a FPS that gets a 9.5. It's all about gamer preference, not to mention marketing. Zak and Wiki didn't get out and well known to the public. Advertising is the responsibility of the publisher, not the platform the game is released on. The Wii becoming better known than PS2 in the end of this generation is due to the sheer number of people who have played/will play a Wii, and how many homes a Wii is in.

A little historical insight.. back when SNES and PS1 and N64 were around, parents called it "playing the nintendo", even if it wasnt a nintendo system. Over the years, it became "playing the playstation" even if it was a gamecube or xbox. This time around, parents will know and be able to easily identify the Wii, having actually played one or owning one.

brosim1104
brosim1104

PSP sales all over the world are 17.5 million if i'm correct. Woah!!!! DS' 20 million in Japan alone.... !!!!! lol . GO NINTY!! GO!!!!

wolfpackfrenzy
wolfpackfrenzy

Actually, to be more technically correct (DBS311 and Valen_Ca), 90nm stands for the minimum gate length of a transistor. But many times developers do not use the minimum gate length due to capacitance, current drain, and other reasons. The actual size of the transistor and the power consumption is more related to drain and source sizes. And even though transistor size does play an impact on power consumption, it is incorrect to say that power consumption is proportional to processing power. For example, the 90nm fabrication process means that sure it is possible to make smaller transistors, but because transistors are smaller, developers pack the chip with more transistors to perform more and more functions.So with more transistors you have more power consumption, and typically more processing power. To take this a step further, the actual processing power is impacted heavily on design. The instruction set architecture of a CPU and the implementation of speed techniques such as pipelining and branch prediction play a huge role in how fast a chip is. Anyways, back to main topic... go Nintendo!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Oh and if anyone posts a negative comment in here then you automatically label yourself as a jealous fanboy who can't admit that his HD console is being crushed by the sales of a technically inferior machine. So I wouldn't post anything negative at all if I were you.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

20 million! In just over 1 year! That's completely insane. Isn't that more than 360 and PS3 sales combined (sold not shipped)? Ever since the Wii and DS were released, I have come back to Nintendo after abandoning then for the PS1 and 2, and have not looked back. I am glad to be one of their supporters again.

Metallica_Dan
Metallica_Dan

It is still very much near impossible to find a Wii in Canada, with people still getting in line in the morning to get their hands on a shipment at their local Best Buys, Toys 'R Us or Future Shop... Thankfully I got mine last February!

boobush
boobush

These are big news, mainly for Nintendo, for also for all the gaming aficionados, including Xbox and PS followers.

sacatash
sacatash

Wow! 20 million Wiis worldwide and that is SOLD not SHIPPED! That is a big installed base for a console early in its lifespan. Wait till they launch Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii Fit in North America. That is a one-two knockout punch in terms of software sales. I already saw how Wii Fit will be the next 'FAD' since I visited the Nintendo Japanese website. This 'Wii Board' thing will be very HUGE for casual gamers and will be very good for skate boarding games in the future. Expect for Nintendo to dominate sales again this 2008.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Actually DBS311, if you want to get a bit more technical, the nanometer rating on a chip is the transistor size, to be honest I don't think that it's possible yet to fab a consoles CPU so that the entire thing is only 90 nanometers in size. In fact if anyone knows how to do that and have the chip actually run, I am fairly certain that every chip manufacturer and physicist in the world would be beating their doors down.

LordSpleach
LordSpleach

Michael Pachter's got a good sense of these things.

quincy0191
quincy0191

People seem to wonder if Nintendo can keep up its momentum through 2008. If the only game released through the entire year was Super Smash Bros. Brawl, they would continue their market dominance. Secondly, I don't think it's entirely fair to say that the DS selling more units than the PS2 "overtakes it as a console." The DS is a handheld, and handhelds always sell better than consoles. ALWAYS. The PS2's lifetime sales figures are incredible, and though the DS will probably beat those numbers, you can't really compare the two.

DBS311
DBS311

Diablobasher, you keep saying you "know" this and "know" that, but after reading your posts I've come to the conclusion that you don't know much. Yes, 90 nanometer refers to the size of the chip. You should also "know" that the smaller the chip size (in nanometers) the more efficient it is (in power consumption) and it runs cooler than a similar chip of larger architecture (allowing it to run at higher clock speeds). I also find it funny that you are going to great lengths to argue the point that the Wii is as powerful as the original Xbox. Should anybody really care? If the point of having a Wii is for the user interface and not about graphics, then stop arguing about it being as powerful as something built in 2000. Ok, how many thumbs down do I get?

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

ctg867 It'll last in Japan, it wont' last anywhere else. Don't expect them to pull out of this year in that shape. Just wont happen. The casual gamers won't buy any software, and they'll just move onto the next mainstream thing that everybody HAS to have. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Fancy a bet on that, put your money where your mouth is. otherwise it's just fan boy talk.

retrofraction12
retrofraction12

on the frame rate standard thing, the human eye can roughly see about 72fps any more than that is over kill

BlackDragon110
BlackDragon110

@nate1222 I agree with most of what you wrote, except the part about the graphics. One dissappointment I've had in the Wii is that developers have not tapped into it's graphical power. The system is far more powerful than most people think. It's graphic engine is estimated to be at least 4x as powerful as the Gamecube. I can only hope that Nintendo will encourage developers to pay more attention to the Wii's graphics.

ctg867
ctg867

It'll last in Japan, it wont' last anywhere else. Don't expect them to pull out of this year in that shape. Just wont happen. The casual gamers won't buy any software, and they'll just move onto the next mainstream thing that everybody HAS to have.

nate1222
nate1222

@puppiemaster Both your comments made some damn good points! I am an adult gamer. I grew up through the 8-bit (NES) era all the way to the present-gen (PS3/360/Wii) era. Like all 'functional' adults, I have to support myself before coughing up money for my gaming hobby. I also enjoy getting laid! Right now, I'm a 360 man. But there's a good possibility I'll be trading my 360 in toward a Wii when they're available. It's a cost/BC/practicality issue. I still own a GC because I know I'll be able to play its games on the Wii. And Assassins Creed is more 'graphics flash' than good gaming. I'll take the old 'Prince of Persia' titles over it any day. I love gaming. To me, it's a superior medium of entertainment. But the current focus on 'tech' is going to undo it. Development costs are so damn high, right now, that some games have to sell2-3million copies just to break even. Nintendo addressed that as well as the cost to the consumer by being less 'techy'. Graphics are as good as they NEED to be (PS2/XBox/GC). If they're prettier, that's nice, but not neccessary.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Wii Tie Ratio at 8:1 in December Players bought eight games for every Wii sold in December. That number is better than Xbox 360 and PS3. US, January 24, 2008 - If you're still under the impression that consumers are only buying Nintendo's new console for Wii Sports, perhaps the latest software to hardware tie ratio numbers from the NPD Group will change your mind. According to the software data tracking service, consumers purchased 8.11 games for every Wii console sold in December. This relates to 7.76 games for every Xbox 360 sold during the month and 5.04 games for every PlayStation 3 purchased in the same time frame. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Well that screws the casual gamer theory regarding the Wii.

nate1222
nate1222

@ BlackDragon110 I agree with your previous comment. People are ticked off at Nintendo's success, 'cause fanboys have invested so much money (and ego) in the 360/PS3. As I've stated in previous blogs: Nintendo is leading the console pack because they took a very practical approach.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

madmanjim well said. Assassin's Creed will not be remembered as a fantastic game, just a fantastic looking game. It's not about graphics, it's about gameplay.

BlackDragon110
BlackDragon110

Well from what I can gather the PS3 has sold about 8-10 million units, The 360 sold about 17+ million units. Not really sure about the DS, I think I saw sales figures around 50 or 60 milion units.

madmanjim
madmanjim

smeghead83 said: Well i think Sony will announce soon, probley be just under of over the total 360 sales i think. Also congrats to Nintendo with the DS, at this rate will over take the PS2 as the most selling console of all time" me: i thought the ds already had out sold whats the figures for the ds now actually anyone know? also as people are talking about graphics who gives a **** look at the graphics on the origional sonic the hedgehog they were rubbish well good for 2d actually but still thats still one of the best sonic ever now look at the new 360 sonic graphics are brilliant but its the worst sonic ever so since when did graphics actually matter at how good the gameplay is

BlackDragon110
BlackDragon110

Wow I can't believe how pissed off people are that the Wii is doing so well. Seriously all I have read are a bunch of childish, illrational,illogical arguements. Non of which holds any water against the fact that the Wii has sold 20+ million units in the little more than a year that it's been out. The only real question is can Nintendo keep up that momentum this year?

quirkelchomp
quirkelchomp

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kainen666
kainen666

ok so we all know by now that nintendo is ouitselling all its competitors in the console and handheld market , how many more articles are there going to be repetitively stating this fact? i would have thought the last 20 would have got the message across.

Super-Mario-Fan
Super-Mario-Fan

It's been 14 months, and the Wii has almost already surpassed what the GameCube did in 5 years.

razu_gamer
razu_gamer

@that freak who thinks he's intelligent about Wii's graphics: dude, whether you like it or not, Resident evil 4 was the best looking game last generation. That runs on Wii fine and thats at full widescreen and 480p. Good day.

anton10000
anton10000

Congrats Nintendo! You've almost sold as many Wiis in over a year than you did Gamecube's in that wretched thing's poor little life. True congrats.

modem22
modem22

@pencilpusher69 U sure pushed that pencil deep now that we know that Metroid Prime 3 looks better than most 360 or PS3 games. The Wii CAN'T RUN 80% of all their games so with that I say that M.P.3 looking better is Impossible. Wii Fanboys are as ridiculous as they can get. Guess their average age is 15 or so.