Now that Nintendo’s “Corporate Management Policy Briefing/Nine Months Financial Results Briefing for Fiscal Year Ending March 2017” a whole ton of news comes along with it, so get ready to see a ton of articles based on its contents and this is just the fifth.
Due to other engagements, I am running out of time this morning to continue with the coverage, so for that reason I am going to combine all Wii U, NES Mini and amiibo news into a single article. Hope you’ll forgive me, but once you read through it, you’ll also see this news does go well together (sort of). Tatsumi Kimishima’s official comments regarding the NES Mini, the Wii U and amiibo:
Kimishima on NES Mini:
“In November last year, we brought back the nostalgic Famicom and NES home consoles in palmsized versions and shipped the entire quantity of Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer units we initially prepared for each market. We apologize to our consumers and retail partners for the inconvenience caused by product shortages. Some parts require time to procure, but we are working to increase production. We also see the nostalgic interest in these products as an opportunity to draw consumers’ attention to our latest game system, Nintendo Switch.”
*The NES Mini has also gone on to sell over 1.5 million units and Nintendo are increasing production of the console.
Kimishima on Wii U:
“This slide compares sell-through for Wii U hardware and first-party packaged software in Japan, the U.S. and Europe from April 2016 through the last week of the calendar year, compared with the same period over the past two years. We significantly decreased the shipping volume for Wii U this fiscal year compared to the fiscal year ended March 2016 and set our sales expectations at 800,000 units. As a result, hardware sell-through is down significantly compared to the previous two years. Also, there were fewer new titles this year, resulting in reduced trends in software sell-through compared to previous periods, but both the hardware and software results are largely in alignment with our expectations.”
*Nintendo of America have also confirmed that production of Wii U has ended globally.
Kimishima on amiibo:
“This figure shows the sell-in for amiibo figures compared to the previous period. In the previous period, we sold many amiibo, particularly in the Super Smash Brothers series, reaching total sell-in of approximately 20.5 million units. Sell-in for this period was approximately 6.5 million units.”
This concludes our NES Mini, Wii U and amiibo portion of coverage regarding the Corporate Management Policy Briefing.