Nintendo Q1: Cash collapses, global software dates updated, DS hardware down 45%

Thursday, 29th July 2010 08:50 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Nintendo’s shown big drops in both profit and sales for the period ending June 30, with the company making a loss for the period.

Sales were down 25.6 percent for the quarter, dropped to ¥188.6 billion from ¥253.5 billion in the same period last year.

Operating income dropped 42.2 percent, down to ¥23.3 billion from ¥40.4 billion in the previous year. The company was actually in loss for the quarter, with net income minus ¥25.2 billion yen compared to a profit of ¥42.3 billion yen last year, a drop of 60.6 percent.

Wii the Invincible; DS, not so much

Wii hardware sales stood at 3.04 million units, up from the 2.23 million sold in the first quarter of FY ’09, a rise of 36.6 percent

Wii software dropped, however, down to 28.17 million copies in the period from 31.07 million last year. That’s a fall of 9.3 percent.

DS hardware sold 3.15 million units in the quarter down from 5.7 million in the same period last year, a slide of 44.7 percent.

DS software managed 22.42 million sales, down from 29.09 million in Q1 ’09, a decrease of 22.9 percent.

Super software

Despite general woes, Nintendo saw some huge sales from its top software line-up, as seen below:

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 – 4.09 million.
  • Wii Sports Resort – 3.02 million
  • Wii Sports – 2.73 million
  • Wii Fit Plus – 1.87 million
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii – 1.1 million

Please release me

Nintendo updated its global release schedules alongside the results.

Kirby’s Epic Yarn has now been confirmed for the first calendar quarter of 2011 in Europe, and “fall” in the US. It’s still listed as “TBA” in Japan.

Hit the image below for all the new dates by region.




  1. Tonka


    #1 4 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    All the new release dates there now.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    No Euro Kirby for Christmas? Fuck’s sake, Nintendo! What am I going to tell the kids now?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    You seem to have missed the actual profit figures, Pat. Or should I say ‘loss figures’, which is rather surprising.

    “Nintendo has posted a loss of 25.2 billion yen ($288.4m / £184.3m) for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, compared to a profit of 42.3 billion yen a year earlier.”

    Edit: That’s from Edge, btw.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    Yep, they’re right. I’ve updated that.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    The arse appears to have fallen out of their market. Was there something in Q1 last year which boosted sales above what you’d usually expect for that period?

    Anyway, serves them right for upsetting my kids!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    When I got the figures from Q1 last year, it looked as though they were well down compared to the previous year even then. I’ll check in a sec.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. JonFE

    I guess the 3DS cannot come soon enough under the light of this; Christmas 2010 anyone?!?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. alimokrane

    They made a loss overall? Seriously?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Tonka

    @#3 You could inform them of the wonders of ILLEGALLY PIRATING SOFTWARE!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    We’ll buy something LEGO-based for the 360 instead. Take that, Nintendo! You fuckers!

    /makes hand gestures

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Tonka

    That’ll learn em’lol

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Tonka

    btw, I heard the Kirby delay was due to NoE having trouble with coming up with a confusing name for the EU localization. (see Kirby on the DS)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Madlink

    Odd that Nintendo haven’t revised their annual forecast despite these figures. Perhaps they expected these figures and adjusted accordingly in advance.

    And Blerk, isn’t subjecting the kids to that some sort of child abuse?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Blerk

    LEGO games or Kirby?

    #15 4 years ago
  16. SOMI

    Kirby it’s a no brainer

    Best move to America if your kids are that desperate, or you can just import it over but you have to have American Wii though.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. grubbstar

    Bulk of the loss was due to Ferign Exchange though – They had a 20bn positive impact in the previous year, but this year a 70bn Yen loss

    #17 4 years ago
  18. The Hindle

    Much deserved sales for Mario Galaxy 2, playing it at the moment and its by far the best game of this year so far in my opinion. I can see it being the biggest selling as well.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. LOLshock94

    finally no1 is buying there shit i want them to fall so that they give up on casual gamers and start making ganes for fucking hardcore gamers but just no mario party no1 likes that shit no more

    #19 4 years ago

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