Reggie on Nintendo's challenge, Wii U missing an opportunity, NX & maintaining fan trust

A portion of a La Tercera interview with Reggie Fils-Aime...

LT: What’s Nintendo’s challenge today?

RFA: We’re an entertainment company, and we want to reach the most people possible. The idea is to find new ways to have fun, looking for ideas, and exploring new areas like mobile devices.

LT: In Wii U’s case, was it misunderstood by fans?

RFA: When we launched Wii U, we missed the opportunity to be clear on the concept, to show off its capabilities and what the users could do. And that hurt us. Sales were also hurt, during the beginning of its lifespan, by the lack of games. And although we’ve sold 13 million consoles, against 20 and 40 million from the competition (Microsoft and Sony, respectively), what pleases us the most is that Wii U has the games with the best reviews and ratings from fans.

LT: How can NX satisfy or regain the fans?

RFA: I don’t think we’ve lost the trust of our fans. Our opportunity is to create platforms with great content, that goes well beyond the fans and brings in new players to competitive systems; games like Zelda, Mario or Smash Bros, will always be played by fans, but there’s a consumer willing to make the jump, and it was there that Wii was successful, just like 3DS, because it went for more than just the typical Nintendo fan.

Report says Pokémon GO bringing in $10 million a day, actually helping other apps

The following report blurb comes from intelligence firm App Annie...

The Pokémon GO phenomenon is showing little sign of losing steam. The app continues to earn daily revenue of over $10 million on iOS and Google Play combined, even though it has been over three weeks since its initial launch. Because of its unprecedented success, we have received numerous inquiries from our customers about its effect on revenue and user engagement of other leading apps and games.

Interestingly, it appears that Pokémon GO’s impact has been largely additive to the app economy. More importantly, it has given app developers a blueprint for increasing engagement with their users and opening up new revenue opportunities.

Full report here

Russians fear Pokémon GO a Western plot to destabilize nation from within

Coming from Franz Klintsevich, a senior Russian security official...

“There is a feeling that the devil came through this mechanism and is simply trying to destroy us spiritually from within. This could lead all the way to revolution."

Coming from Aleksander Mikhailov, a retired major general of the Federal Security Service...

“Imagine that the little beast in question doesn’t appear in some park but at a secret site where a conscript or other soldier takes and photographs it with his camera. It’s recruitment by one’s own personal desire and without any coercion. This is the ideal way for secret services to gather information.”

Coming from Communist Party lawmaker Denis Voronenkov...

“Users of mobile devices with this game installed on it could become unsuspecting accomplices in terrorist acts."

Coming from Andrei Polyakov, leader of the Irbis Orthodox Union of Cossacks...

“We need to drag people out of the virtual world. It all smacks of Satanism."

We haven't seen this kind of Pokemon histeria and paranoia since the series first came on the scene all those years ago. Remember when people were making up all kinds of crazy ideas about how Pokemon was teaching satanism and was the downfall of society? Turns out all those silly claims are wrong, but now we have a new batch to suffer through. Best part about all of this insanity? Pokémon GO hasn't even received an official release in Russia yet.

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - My Parents Play: Castlevania III

Time for me to wrap up another night. So happy to have a new Parents Play for you. Man, have I missed recording these. I sure hope you find this episode a suitable return! You enjoy that and I'm going to get some rest. See you in a few, short hours!

Its been a long time coming, I know. I apologize for the delay! We had two weeks where family vacation got in the way, and then another week where technical difficulties ruined an entire video. While that definitely still makes me sad, I'm very happy to announce that the series returns today! We're also getting back on our regular schedule, so expect weekly features with my parents for the foreseeable future.

Tonight my parents jump back into the world of Castlevania. We take things back to the days of the NES with one of my favorite entries in the franchise, Castlevania III. What weirdness does my Dad come up with this time? How well does my Mom play? Have a watch and find out!

North America - This week's digital releases (July 28th, 2016)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Kirby: Planet Robobot – Another year older, another year … pinker? What better way to celebrate Kirby’s birthday than with a free demo of his new sci-fi adventure, Kirby: Planet Robobot for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, alongside other great Kirby games.

Wii Retail on Wii U

Kirby’s Epic Yarn – When Kirby incurs the anger of a sorcerer, he is transported to a world made completely of cloth and yarn. In this Wii classic, guide Kirby through uniquely crafted levels in Patch Land as he takes on a variety of forms and transforming into powerful vehicles. A second player can also aid in the adventure by playing as the adorably named Prince Fluff (additional accessories required for multiplayer mode; sold separately).

Virtual Console on Wii U

Kirby Mass Attack – Gather a mob of Kirby characters and then lead them through this crazy Game Boy Advance adventure in which nothing can stand in your way. Send Kirbys swarming over enemies, fling them into the air to hit flying floes and even use them to take on challenges of strength. Don’t forget to collect medals hidden throughout various stages to unlock mini-games.

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS

Kirby’s Dream Course – Get ready for one the most surprising Kirby games imaginable! In this fun Super NES golf game – yes, it’s a Kirby golf game – control the force and angle of your shot and sink Kirby for a hole-in-one. Play through various stages and acquire classic power-ups to get the lowest score possible. (In this game, a low score is a GOOD thing.)

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Sketch Wars is 20 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 11.
Steel Lords is 50 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $7.50) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 18.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Runny Egg, Ninja Battle Heroes and more games from Tom Create are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 26.
Glory of Generals and Samurai Defender are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 18.
Snow Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 4.
Sadame is more than 45 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 25.
Epic Word Search Collection is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 4.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker and Shin Megami Tensei IV are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 8.

Also new this week:

Gotta Protectors (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
3Souls (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
BLOC (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Dracula’s Legacy (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Vektor Wars (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Level-5 can't confirm NX development, but love working with Nintendo

Level-5 recently revealed a number of new titles, some for the 3DS like Lady Layton. But will they be developing for Nintendo's upcoming system, the NX? They didn't give a yes or no comment, but they told Enthusiast the following:

"We can't confirm any releases for the NX, but we very much enjoy working with Nintendo."
So much NX speculation has come out this week, it should be very interesting to see  who develops for it!

RUMOR - NX to play Nintendo smartphone games

The Wall Street Journal is getting in on the Nintendo NX rumors now. Yesterday we had a rather large rumored info dump on the NX and its form factor as well as power. Today the WSJ says that the platform is also going to be able to play Nintendo's mobile titles. This rumor seems pretty plausible and makes a lot of sense for Nintendo. Might as well give fans as many ways as possible to play their mobile games!

Nintendo Q1 FY 2016 full details - hardware/software sales, projects, million sellers more

First and third party release dates

Consolidate statements of income transition (Q3 2013 to 2017, left to right)

During the three-month period ended June 30, 2016, for Nintendo 3DS, Kirby: Planet Robobot, which was released globally, showed steady sales. In the U.S., BRAVELY SECOND: END LAYER was released, and in Europe, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest was released and both titles got off to a good start. As a result, the worldwide sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware and software were 0.94 million (7% decrease on a year-on-year basis) and 8.47 million units (7% increase on a year-on-year basis) respectively.

With respect to Wii U, in addition to titles such as Star Fox Zero/Guard and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which were released globally, Splatoon and Super Mario Maker which were released during the prior fiscal year showed steady sales. The global sales of Wii U hardware and software were 0.22 million (53% decrease on a year-on-year basis) and 4.68 million units (3% increase on a year-on-year basis) respectively.

For amiibo, the figure-type and the card-type sales remained at approximately 1.70 million units and 1.30 million units respectively mainly due to a lack of new titles that are compatible with amiibo.

Download sales decreased year on year because sales of in-game downloadable content were down.

In addition to these results, due to foreign exchange rates being impacted by significant yen appreciation, net sales were 61.9
billion yen (of which overseas sales were 44.8 billion yen or 72.3% of the total sales) and operating loss was 5.1 billion yen. As a result of exchange losses totaling 35.0 billion yen due to the appreciation of the yen, ordinary loss was 38.6 billion yen and loss attributable to owners of parent was 24.5 billion yen.

For Nintendo 3DS, we will release Pokémon Sun/Pokémon Moon globally in November. These are the latest titles from the
Pokémon series, which has sold 200 million units worldwide since the first title from the series released 20 years ago. We will also release Mario Party Star Rush this fall. Furthermore, multiple titles from third-party publishers are also scheduled for release. With the release of these titles, we will re-energize our Nintendo 3DS business and aim to expand our reach globally to a broad audience, including female and younger consumer demographics.

The dedicated gaming platform, code-named “NX,” which is currently under development and incorporates a brand-new concept,is scheduled for launch in March 2017 globally.

Furthermore, Nintendo will release Pokémon GO Plus, a peripheral for the mobile game app Pokémon GO(*) developed and
distributed by U.S.-based company Niantic, Inc. Pokémon GO Plus interacts with the app and lets players know when Pokémon are detected.

In addition, Nintendo plans to launch a miniature replica of the Nintendo Entertainment System, which was a phenomenon
in the 1980s, with 30 classic software titles pre-installed in overseas markets this November. For our smart-device business, following Miitomo, which launched in March this year, we will release new apps such as Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing. By continuously introducing apps for smart devices, we aim to maximize the population that has access to Nintendo IP. Alongside creating new demand, we aim to increase the synergistic effect on Nintendo’s dedicated game system business.

There is no revision to the consolidated financial forecast for this fiscal year, announced on April 27, 2016.

Hardware sales for Q1

- 3DS sales down seven percent to 940,000
- 3DS software up 7 percent to 8.47 million
- Wii U down 53 percent to 222,000
- Wii U software up 3 percent to 4.68 million

Money made/lost

- lost 24.5 billion yen ($232.7 million) - revenue down 31 percent to 61.9 billion yen ($663 million)

Consolidated sales units, number of new titles, and sales unit forecasts

Hardware sales totals

Wii U/3DS million sellers updated totals

Mario Kart 8 - 7.70 million pcs.
New Super Mario Bros. U - 5.34 million pcs.
Nintendo Land - 5.10 million pcs.
Super Mario 3D World - 5.01 million pcs.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 4.90 million pcs.
Splatoon - 4.42 million pcs.
Super Mario Maker - 3.65 million pcs.
New Super Luigi U - 2.64 million pcs.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 1.82 million pcs.
Mario Party 10 - 1.81 million pcs.
Pokémon X/Pokémon Y - 14.98 million pcs.
Mario Kart 7 - 13.56 million pcs.
Pokémon Omega Ruby/Pokémon Alpha Sapphire - 12.24 million pcs.
SUPER MARIO 3D LAND - 10.81 million pcs.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 10.39 million pcs.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 10.11 million pcs.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS - 8.23 million pcs.
Tomodachi Life - 5.09 million pcs.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - 4.88 million pcs.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - 4.30 million pcs.

Lady Layton: The Millionaire King's Plot coming to 3DS Spring 2017 (Japan)

This new Layton game focuses on Professor Layton's daughter, Catoleil. It features traditional puzzle gameplay and will launch in Japan come Spring 2017.

RUMOR - A detailed look at the Nvidia Tegra tech supposedly powering the NX

- NX is based around Nvidia's mobile-orientated Tegra processor
- development kits currently using the Tegra X1 chip found in the Shield Android TV console and the Google Pixel C tablet
- combination of four higher power ARM processors combined with a quad-core arrangement of four lower power cores

CPU: Eight CPU cores (4x ARM Cortex-A57/4x ARM Cortex A53)
GPU: 256-core second-gen Maxwell technology
Media Support: Up to 4K 60fps (h.264/HEVC/VP9)
Display Support: Up to 4K, 60Hz
USB Support: USB 3.0 specification
Manufacturing Process: 20nm

- all Tegra X1 devices shipped to date are equipped with 3GB of mobile-orientated DDR3
- the Tegra X1 in the NX development hardware is apparently actively cooled, with audible fan noise
- the NX may actually end up using the Tegra X2
- no info on screen resolution