Yesterday, I discussed how Nintendo of America was really turning up the heat in the region after they held this week’s Nintendo Direct presentation that was full of announcements and future plans. Now, they have released some amazing sales figures for the past year.
Trust me when I say this, Reggie Fils-Aime is really having a good week – or year.
Thanks to a very healthy profit statement of December, Nintendo has recorded a 29 percent increase in Wii U sales (year on year) and a 75 percent increase in Wii U game sales.
As far as Nintendo 3DS is concerned, it had the “largest month ever for first-party software sales” where Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS crossed over two million physical and digital copies combined and that too in a matter of three months.
It was also when Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold over 2.6 million copies in a little over six weeks.
Other than this, they provided yearly figures to boast of their growth. For instance on Wii U, Mario Kart 8 sold 1.7 million units while Super Smash Bros sold 1.3 million. Also, a total of 2.6 million Amiibo figurines were sold.
Similar figures were also shared for 3DS. For instance, all the top 15 handheld titles for the year had been released to 3DS and there were three titles that sold over one million copies and eight that sold over 500,000 copies.
Scott Moffitt who is the executive vice president of Sales and Marketing for Nintendo of America believes that the past year was the strongest for their home console so far. This is due to the games they released and the Amiibo figurines, he believes:
Wii U had its strongest year yet thanks to the highly anticipated software lineup and the introduction of the amiibo platform. Fans can anticipate another strong year for 2015, especially with more highly anticipated games like Splatoon and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, as well as New Nintendo 3DS XL, arriving in the first half of 2015.