Over the past few years, whenever Nintendo was talked about in the news from a financial stand point, everything was all doom and gloom. However, despite all the negativity, the Wii U sales have been increasing and Nintendo reportedly posted an operating profit of 25 billion yen in the quarter ending in March 2015. This is thanks to Super Smash Bros., Yokai Watch, the launch of the New 3DS in the West, and the Amiibos.
Last year, in the first two months of the Amiibo’s launch, 5.7 million Amiibo’s were sold worldwide and 3.5 million were sold in the U.S. alone. Since the Amiibo’s and Super Smash Bros. launched, the Wii U has seen an increase in hardware sales by 10% in the U.S. which has continued into 2015 with a 20% increase for the first quarter, according to NPD. Michael Pachter believes the Amiibo’s will bring in $200 million – $300 million annual revenue for Nintendo. He also states that as more games use the Amiibo’s, more people will want them.
Overall though, things are looking better for Nintendo. Sales of the 3DS are up thanks to the New 3DS, the Wii U sales are doing better year over year, software sales are looking good, and many Amiibos are still sold out in the U.S. at retail. Nintendo is starting 2015 off strong. Combine this with the recent news of the partnership with DeNA and it seems 2015 will turn out to be a better year for Nintendo then 2014.
This week on the NintendPals podcast Myles and Nick discuss the latest Mario Kart DLC and 200cc mode – specifically how neither of them could work out how to actually access the thing. They also talk about various ways to either not spend money or save it and have another rant about the state of Amiibo stock.
A smaller announcement that came from the Nintendo Direct earlier this month was for a piece of software called Amiibo Tap. The app came out earlier this week in Japan and it’s now on its way to North America.
amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits (confirmed for April 30): Download the game from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, then tap any amiibo to your Wii U GamePad. You’ll unlock a random playable three-minute scene from a classic NES or Super NES game. It’s a cool way to extend the playability of amiibo. Here’s the game page: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/FHXK5fELXvygJ9ALk2bqyATmG-iDm07q
While I don’t think this will be something people will be going out and buying Amiibos for, I can see how this would give all those Amiibo collectors something extra to mess around with. How do you feel about Amiibo Tap? Will you be checking it out when it comes out?
Not too long ago, Nintendo was one of the few game companies out there that wasn’t doing DLC. This stance was praised by some due to the countless instances of bad DLC in games but was a complaint by others who wanted Nintendo to keep their games alive by expanding on them. This stance however is no more. Over the past few years, Nintendo has been introducing DLC in various different titles. Recently, it seems Nintendo has fully embraced DLC with most of the larger games integrating it as well as the Amiibo’s being used as a form of it.
Myles and Nick have a huge announcement to kick off this very special 10th edition of the NintendPals podcast. After that, normal business resumes with a thin news week, chats about what we’ve been spending our time playing (Nick has added another retro console to his growing collection) and we run down our top games of 2014. Oh and we announce the winner of our League of Heroes competition.
Something that may come as a shocker to some is the fact that GTA V Online actually has a chat filter. What’s even more of a shocker is the fact that all three console companies are censored words. You literally can’t say Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo. To take it a step further, you can’t say Xbox or Playstation. Heck, you can’t even say Rockstar, Rockstardev, or R*.
This is pretty strange if you ask me. I understand having a filter for online chat but filtering company names? Isn’t that a bit far? Surprisingly, other publisher names aren’t listed in here. Maybe this was to keep console wars chat out of the game? What are your thoughts on this?
Interest in Mario got a huge bump recently on Youtube, thanks to the fan-made Super Mario 64 HD project. Since the project released, a ton of videos have been uploaded showing gameplay from it. Because of this, Super Mario has jumped up to #8 out of 20 games in Newzoo’s and Octoly’s top 20 most popular games on Youtube list.
Out of all the views listed, 97.6% of the views were done on fan-made videos. The down side of this is that, due to Nintendo’s current Youtube policies, a Nintendo IP may never be back in this list. Who knows though? Either way, if you’re interested in seeing these videos, you may want to watch them before they’re all gone. As for the chart, it’s behind the jump.