Guess who’s back on track? Nintendo is bouncing back from the red, thankis mainly to new videogame titles like Mario Kart 8 for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.
Mario Kart 8 has been seeing steady sales especially this quarter. Global sales of this Wii U hardware and software stood at 1.12 million units. Hyrule Warriors for Wii U posted sales of 9.4 million units in the period.
Meanwhile, Super Smash Bros 3DS version sold about 3.22 million units worldwide. The game was launched in June by Tomodachi Life. It has sold about 1.27 million units in the quarter.
Accessory to games
Nintendo is set to roll out Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in November. That launch would be set in the US. The launches in Japan and Europe are scheduled in December. Gaming fans could watch out for NFC-enabled figures, which would accompany the videogame and store game data.
The amiibo figures are aimed at further bolstering interest in the game. Those would tapped on Wii U Gamepaf. Those would also facilitate fun and new gaming experiences through relevant software titles.
Those toys would also be compatible with more videogames. Nintendo said those would also take compatibility with other consoles especially in the future.
Meanwhile, Nintendo also hinted that it would gear up for the launch of a new game called Legend of Zelda for Wii U. It is expected to be released in 2015.
CEO also bounces back
The previous quarter’s earnings report also marked the return of Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s CEO. Iwata has not been visible in the past few months because he fell ill. Just last June, he underwent a surgical operation that had the doctors remove a tumor found in his bile duct.
In a media report, Iwata admitted that it was a major surgery for a serious illness. He said that he may adopt several changes in his working habits. He may shorten his working tome and reduce frequency of his overseas trips. But he reiterated that he may resume normal load in terms of holding meetings, speaking in public, and crafting of business strategies.
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