Nintendo details Switch sales pace, compares to Wii/DS era, breaks down sales in different regions, and more

Coming from Nintendo's financial briefing...

As mentioned at the February corporate management policy briefing, sales of the Nintendo Switch system were strong during the holiday season, and sell-through has continued to be solid through the start of this year. This slide shows combined sell-through for the Japanese, North American, and European markets. As you can see, sell-through from January to March was
35% higher than the same period of the previous year.

This graph shows cumulative sell-through trends throughout the full fiscal year combined for Japan, North America, and Europe. The fiscal year ended March 2018 showed explosive sales for a first year of hardware sales. The fiscal year ended March 2019 kept up that same pace until the beginning of autumn, before rising even more sharply in November. As a result, we saw a
full-year increase of 23% over the previous fiscal year. And since the start of the third year of Nintendo Switch this March, the momentum of the business is still increasing.

This graph shows changes in cumulative sell-through in the Japanese market following the launch of Nintendo Switch. The total hardware sell-through for Nintendo platforms from Nintendo DS onward is superimposed on the graph for comparison. Note that the quantity and timing of holiday seasons that see large sales increases will differ according to the different launch dates. Within Japan, Nintendo Switch is not reaching the pace of expansion set by Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, but has outpaced Wii.

Let’s turn now to the North American market. The red line representing Nintendo Switch jumps significantly twice, once at each holiday season. During the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch, it approached the momentum shown by Wii.

These are the figures for the European market. Since its second holiday season, Nintendo Switch has surpassed
the pace set by Nintendo 3DS.

And the total numbers combined for the three regions I just explained look like this. Although there are variances from region to region, Nintendo Switch is spreading at a pace comparable to that of our previous hardware.

Nintendo removes Wii, WiiWare, DS, and DSiWare games from their website, Wii U page removed as well

End of an era

Nintendo has done a bit of housecleaning on their official website. If you're looking for listings on Wii, WiiWare, DS, and DSiWare games, you'll have to look elsewhere. Nintendo has removed all pages for those games. On top of that, Nintendo has taken down the info page for the Wii U as well. I guess Nintendo had to make some room for all the recent Switch games!

Famitsu readers choose their top 3 Heisei Era games

Three games you can't go wrong with

Japan is moving into the Reiwa period on May 1st, 2019, which means the Heisei period is coming to a close. With the Heisei period running from January 8th, 1989 to April 30th, 2019, Famitsu asked their readers to vote on the most memorable Heisei period games. The top 3 titles can be found below.

#3 NieR: Automata (205 Votes) – By Square Enix, released on February 23, 2017 (Heisei 29) for the PlayStation 4.

Comments from readers on NieR: Automata:

“No game has ever moved me as much.” (Male, teens)
“This game made me understand feelings that can’t be described by words.” (Female, 20s)

#2 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (209 Votes) – By Nintendo, released on March 3, 2017 (Heisei 29) for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

Comments from readers on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

“It felt as if I were living in this land called Hyrule.” (Male, 20s)
“The wonders of being able to go as far as the eyes can see.” (Female, 50s)

#1 Chrono Trigger (230 Votes) – By Square Enix (Then Square), released on March 11, 1995 (Heisei 7) for the Super Famicom

Comments from readers on Chrono Trigger:

“It’s a masterpiece with everything from story, scenario, and music that has yet to fade.” (Male, 30s)
“Going on an adventure beyond time with Crono (protagonist) and the others is a memory that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.” (Female, 30s)

Daigasso Band Brothers, Ridge Racer DS, Metroid Prime Hunters, Electroplankton, and Kirby: Canvas Curse almost launched in China

What almost was...

When it comes to Nintendo's previous releases in China, they were almost all handled through iQue devices. That includes the iQue DS. The device did release in China, but it only saw 6 games distributed. Turns out a handful of others almost saw release as well. The lineup almost included Daigasso Band Brothers, Ridge Racer DS, Metroid Prime Hunters, Electroplankton, and Kirby: Canvas Curse. Nintendo started work on these localizations, but for whatever reason, never saw them through.

Region Locked - US Exclusive Nintendo DS Metroidvania: Monster Tale

A wonderful hidden gem

This time on the Did You Know Gaming channel, Region Locked takes a look at the US Exclusive Nintendo DS Metroidvania game, Monster Tale.

Vets discover Nintendo DS game card in sick dog's stomach

Please be Nintendogs...please be Nintendogs...

Rocco the Staffordshire Bull Terrier wasn't feeling too well, so his owners took him to the vet. When the dog went in for an x-ray, the vets discovered a random rectangular-shaped object in his stomach. Turns out the dog ended up eating a Nintendo DS game! Thankfully vets were able to take care of the issue, and Rocco is diong much better.

Wondering what game was in Rocco's tummy? Unfortunately we never get to hear. Even stranger, the owner claims they don't even own a Nintendo DS, and they have no idea where Rocco found the game!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy - Switch Vs. iOS Vs. DS comparison

Which one takes the cake?

We already know that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on Switch will look better than the DS versions of those games, but just how much better? Does this Trilogy look better than the iOS versions Capcom released? Check out the footage above and see for yourself!

Region Locked - Tingle's Japan-Only Games

Have you played them?

This time on Region Locked, we take a look at spinoff titles in the Legend of Zelda series that only released in Japan: Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland, and Irozuki Tingle no Koi no Balloon Trip, developed by Vanpool and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS

D. Gray-Man: The Apostles of God gets a fan translation

The translation Gods have taken pity on us

Fan translators keep digging deep into the back catalogs of legacy platforms to find games that need an English revamp. The latest title included in the fun is D.Gray-Man: The Apostles of God, which was translated by Phantom, Supper and cccmar. D.Gray-Man: The Apostles of God originally hit the DS in Japan back during 2017.

Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Manga returning after a year-long hiatus

Back in action

After a full year of going quiet, Hidenori Kusaka's Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 manga is back in action. The manga's hiatus as announced back in Jan. 2017, when Kusaka said that the series would pick back up once a clear path to the manga's end "was visible." While putting together that plan took quite some time, it's nice to see the series return.


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