Middle of the week, gang. I'll be covering the site all day tomorrow, as Daan will be busy. He's taking a round on Thursday do, so you'll still get your fix! Either way, we've got you covered! See you in a few, short hours.
For a couple years there, Nintendo was navigating some rough waters. They were incurring losses that weren't huge, but they were certainly new for the company. Nintendo had prided itself on being a company that didn't report operating loss each fiscal quarter, but that changed when the 3DS and Wii U came around. Obviously Nintendo fought hard to turn things around for the 3DS, and that fight still continues on with equal emphasis put on Wii U.
Thankfully, it seems that that hard work and attention to detail is finally paying off. While 3DS may not be selling at DS-levels of units, it's certainly doing well for Nintendo. Also, I'm extremely happy to see that consumers are finally checking out the Wii U. Again, we aren't seeing megaton numbers by any means, but it's very clear that an upward trend is taking place.
When it comes to Wii U, the big turnaround can be attributed to Mario Kart 8. An absolutely stellar title that makes the Wii U an irresistible system for a lot of people. That one game has been responsible for moving a lot of Wii U units of the shelf and finding new owners. That promise is only getting bigger with both Smash Bros. Wii U and amiibo around the corner, which could really shift this Wii U momentum into next gear.
The solid 3DS and minor Wii U turnaround were enough to put Nintendo back in the black with the release of their latest fiscal data. One would imagine that things will go quite well for Nintendo around the world this holiday season, with Pokemon to push 3DS and Smash/amiibo to push Wii U. I'll certainly keep my fingers crossed for another good report when then next financial briefing rolls around. For now, let's be happy that Nintendo is getting their mojo back.