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  • Nintendo's Recent Results Report Another Half-Billion Dollar Loss


    The legendary game maker, Nintendo, reported the results of its last fiscal year recently, revealing losses of 46.4 billion yen, or $457 million for the 12-month period ending in March. Nintendo’s tablet-driven Wii U game console was a particular disappointment, moving just 2.72 million units globally for the year. A total of 18.86 million software units were also sold during the fiscal year.

    The company admitted that looking forward, the Wii U faces a “challenging sales situation.” Nintendo plans to differentiate its system from competitors like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by focusing on titles that utilize the Wii U gamepad.

    The handheld Nintendo 3DS continues to be a relatively strong performer in the face of smartphones however, moving 12.24 million units. In addition, 67.89 million 3DS games were sold over the last year. That being said, portable devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android have been rapidly altering the portable gaming landscape. Gaming revenue from Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store was said to be four times greater than what Sony and Nintendo see from their dedicated gaming devices as of last August.

    The Cupertino California company has made efforts to compete more directly with Nintendo for traditional gamers by allowing new Made for iPhone certified gaming controllers, which began to hit the market late last year. The accessories bring physical controls to Apple’s iOS platform, allowing users more precise input in traditional-style games that may not benefit from a touchscreen.

    There are also rumors that Apple may be jumping into the home game console business with a forthcoming update to its Apple TV platform. Speculation suggests that Apple may be planning to add a third-party App Store and gaming support to set its set-top box lineup, moves that could turn the device into a sort of iOS-based game console for HDTVs. This would place Apple in direct competition with not only Nintendo’s Wii U but also Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, representing the current generation of gaming consoles. The devices, which sell for much more than the $99 Apple TV, also offer media streaming functions and the ability to buy or rent.

    We’ll have to wait and see what Nintendo does to try and keep up in the future.

    Source: Nintendo via Forbes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Nintendo's Recent Results Report Another Half-Billion Dollar Loss started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Hopefully they start releasing titles to iphone/android devices. That might push the revenue back in the right direction.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      People have been waiting on them a long time to release their stuff for iDevices. They probably would have made money
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      "The EGO has landed" comes to mind. Watching Nintendo compete is like watching BlackBerry crumble in the last 5 years...hideous. Should have licensed their best titles to smart phones by now. Pride before the fall.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Their developing new consoles for emerging markets.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      There was an article from nintendos CEO saying he wasn't going to release anything for idevices. To be honest they should. What's it gonna hurt?
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      There was an article from nintendos CEO saying he wasn't going to release anything for idevices. To be honest they should. What's it gonna hurt?
      Did it say why they are so hesitant not to?
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      It's doubtful that Nintendo would have made any money at all if they released iOS/Android games. Right now if you want to play any of their titles you need to buy Nintendo hardware and a game. Sega sells their games for around $4.99 a title in iTunes, 30% of which goes to Apple. Right now if I want to play Mario kart I have to buy a Nintendo product plus the game. At $4.99, Nintendo would be cannibalizing sales of their hardware. Even with R&D costs, I think Nintendo would still make more money from the sale of a console plus game rather than just an app in the appstore.

      It's the same argument for why Apple won't license out OSX. Apple is a hardware manufacturer who also sells software for their hardware. Cut out the hardware sales and Apple makes essentially no money.

      What Nintendo needs to do is change their game plan. The Wii had it's "fun" factor that no other console was able to match. It wasn't uncommon for the Wii to be part of "Family night" which I think drove sales even though the graphics were sub-par compared to consoles at the time. I find the Wii U has lost this appeal. Bring back the fun motion based games and make the games as cheap as possible. It worked for the Wii.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Before the atv can play games, they need to figure out a way to keep the damn thing from running out of memory and rebooting just as it does trying to watch a movie in HD sometimes.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      I'm telling you I would love for Nintendo to just hop on the app wagon, tell me this wouldn't it be awesome!!!!! If they switched it on all of us!!! Nintendo comes out with there own gamer phone!!! They would call it the NINphoneDO.... Hahaha I'm a loser I know hail Hydra!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      There was an article from nintendos CEO saying he wasn't going to release anything for idevices. To be honest they should. What's it gonna hurt?
      I read the same article. He has no reason either

      Quote Originally Posted by bigbaba View Post
      It's doubtful that Nintendo would have made any money at all if they released iOS/Android games. Right now if you want to play any of their titles you need to buy Nintendo hardware and a game. Sega sells their games for around $4.99 a title in iTunes, 30% of which goes to Apple. Right now if I want to play Mario kart I have to buy a Nintendo product plus the game. At $4.99, Nintendo would be cannibalizing sales of their hardware. Even with R&D costs, I think Nintendo would still make more money from the sale of a console plus game rather than just an app in the appstore.

      It's the same argument for why Apple won't license out OSX. Apple is a hardware manufacturer who also sells software for their hardware. Cut out the hardware sales and Apple makes essentially no money.

      What Nintendo needs to do is change their game plan. The Wii had it's "fun" factor that no other console was able to match. It wasn't uncommon for the Wii to be part of "Family night" which I think drove sales even though the graphics were sub-par compared to consoles at the time. I find the Wii U has lost this appeal. Bring back the fun motion based games and make the games as cheap as possible. It worked for the Wii.
      I disagree they could put out there older games on ios/ android devices and make something instead of loosing billions is yen / millions of dollars!!
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      Quote Originally Posted by buttamix View Post
      I disagree they could put out there older games on ios/ android devices and make something instead of loosing billions is yen / millions of dollars!!
      Even if Nintendo sold $10,000,000 worth of apps last year that's still a drop in the bucket compared to how much they lost. Not worth cannibalizing their platform considering hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigbaba View Post
      Even if Nintendo sold $10,000,000 worth of apps last year that's still a drop in the bucket compared to how much they lost. Not worth cannibalizing their platform considering hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.
      Your telling me if they sold Mario brothers for $.99 cents people / everybody wouldn't buy it!! They may not make up all of there loses at first, but if they hop on the app wagon they will see why mobile gaming is killing it. Almost everyone in the world has/ needs a cell phone. Myself personally I don't need / have a game console. So changing there platform on games that they can't sell anymore anyway. The original Mario brothers, or the original Mario cart !!! Would definitely put Nintendo back on the map. I feel like a NINphoneDO should be coming out
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigbaba View Post
      Even if Nintendo sold $10,000,000 worth of apps last year that's still a drop in the bucket compared to how much they lost. Not worth cannibalizing their platform considering hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.
      We'll your making it sound like they should just stop staying afloat and just die. We'll doesn't apple take 60/40 from .99 apps? So I think Nintendo should just charge $4.99 for a full Mario game ect
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      Quote Originally Posted by buttamix View Post
      Your telling me if they sold Mario brothers for $.99 cents people / everybody wouldn't buy it!! They may not make up all of there loses at first, but if they hop on the app wagon they will see why mobile gaming is killing it. Almost everyone in the world has/ needs a cell phone. Myself personally I don't need / have a game console. So changing there platform on games that they can't sell anymore anyway. The original Mario brothers, or the original Mario cart !!! Would definitely put Nintendo back on the map. I feel like a NINphoneDO should be coming out
      No I don't think that everyone would buy Mario bros it came out as an app. They's probably get a few million sales but then where's the incentive to buy Nintendo hardware? Nintendo isn't a software company, it's a hardware company. Making apps for the competitor's platform is not the way Nintendo is going to save itself. Remember Sega?

      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      We'll your making it sound like they should just stop staying afloat and just die. We'll doesn't apple take 60/40 from .99 apps? So I think Nintendo should just charge $4.99 for a full Mario game ect
      See above. Where is your incentive now to spend hundreds of dollars on Nintendo hardware? Are you going to be buying dozens of games to make up for the loss of hardware revenue? Nintendo needs to stop trying to be too fancy and stick to making fun consoles.