Nintendo’s latest financial reports have revealed that while the company has suffered a 6% loss of sales post-Animal Crossing: New Horizons madness, it continues to experience steady growth, particularly in the sales of digital and physical software.
In Q1-Q3 FY22 (the period between April 1 and December 31 2021),
This was likely driven by coronavirus lockdowns and a lack of availability for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 – but a solid year of new gaming releases also buoyed these sales. While the ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips contributed to a reported 21.4% decrease in overall hardware sales, software sales enjoyed a steady 1.8% rise.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl sold the most units in the 9 month reporting period, at 13.97 million units sold. Next up was the hugely successful Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at 7.96 million units sold, then Mario Party Superstars at 5.43 million units sold.
29 titles hit the ‘one million sold’ mark, including 22
During the same Q&A session,
NFTs and the metaverse were brought up during this discussion. According to reporter David Gibson,
‘We do have interest in this area, we feel the potential in this area, but we wonder what joy we can provide in this area and this is difficult to define right now,’
Originally, many assumed this referred to an interest in NFTs – but Gibson later clarified
The company was also asked about its attitude towards major company acquisitions in the Q&A.
In the wake of Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard (and Bethesda earlier in 2021), and Sony’s purchase of Bungie, all eyes turned to
‘Our brand was built upon products crafted with dedication by our employees, and having a large number of people who don’t possess
Early rumours have suggested a