Yesterday Nintendo held their annual investors meeting. While nothing ground breaking, it did shed some light on Nintendo’s current state, as well as their future for WiiU, 3DS, mobile, and NX. It appears that new President has things under control.
On the hardware sales side, it is roughly where we expected it. Lifetime WiiU sales have finally passed the Dreamcast mark, sitting at 10.73 million units. The 3DS continues to be strong with 54.34 million units sold in its lifetime. However, it will probably never pass the lofty bar set by the original Nintendo DS.
As for software, Mario Kart 8 is the most popular game, passing 5 million in sales. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer also surprised, as it has passed over 2 million in sales since its launch in September. Amiibo have been extremely popular, selling over 21 million units. With the launch of the new Amiibo cards, I have a feeling that number will continue to grow.
Outside of sales, Nintendo let us peak behind the curtain at what’s in store for their immediate future. Three unannounced WiiU games will release between now and the end of the year, with those in the know predicting it will involve at least: Project Guard and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. I guess we’ll find out at the upcoming Nintendo Direct.
On the mobile side of things, Nintendo let investors down by revealing that their new smart phone game, Miitomo, has been delayed until March 2016 (after this announcement Nintendo’s stock took quite a hit). While little is known about the title, it will feature Mii’s, and allow users to learn new, personal information about their friends. Mario, this is not.
So what will tie all of this together you ask? Nintendo announced their new account system, “My Nintendo”. It will allow you to connect your Nintendo Network ID between your WiiU, 3DS, mobile, and the future NX. It can also connect to Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media accounts.
This new system will allow you to transfer data between systems, as well as offer a special point system. The points will be used for physical and digital goods. As an added bonus, you can earn points by playing games. Could this be an achievements system on a Nintendo device?! What a glorious future, indeed!
So are you happy to see that Nintendo is still alive and well? Or are you worried about their future? Let us know in the comments down below!