Wii U Software Sales Increased 200 Percent From Last Year, New 3DS XL and Amiibo Sales are Exceptional
Nintendo’s investor meeting revealed plenty of fascinating data concerning Wii U sales, New 3DS XL launch sales compared with the original XL’s launch and how Amiibos are currently selling.
According to the data given, the Wii U’s software sales in Japan, US, Europe and Australia from April to September increased by over 200 percent from the same period last year:
There are multiple factors attributing to this, including the release of Mario Kart 8 in May and E3 2014 in June. The increase is especially high in Australia, which is due to their “Toy Catalog Season” in June-July and corresponds with MK8’s launch there.
Hardware sales in the same regions saw huge increases as well, which can be credited to the same reasons as the software sales hike.
Next we have the launch of the New 3DS XL in US and Europe, selling over three times as much as the original 3DS XL did during its own launch period:
The Amiibos have been netting excellent sales for Nintendo as well, with worldwide shipments at 5.7 million figurines by the end of the year. Iwata also noted that in US, Canada and Australia, many Amiibos were out of stock and sold at incredibly high prices, two issues they didn’t predict would happen.
He also stated that normally sales of items such as these would drop after the holiday seasons and so the release of new waves of Amiibo, as well as deploying them with titles such as Mario Party 10 will hopefully keep the momentum following. Nintendo does plan on making a finite number of certain Amiibo and letting them sell out.
Interestingly enough, if you look at the data for Amiibo sales by region, you’ll find that 63 percent of all Amiibo sales came from the US and Canada alone:
There are also two charts depicting interesting statistics such as the top-selling Amiibo by region: in every region it’s Link, except for Australia where it’s Mario. Another chart shows us Amiibo that are hardest to find: Captian Falcon in Japan, Marth in US and Canada, Little Mac in Europe and Ike in Australia:
Iwata stated that these shortages were caused by the figurines being produced and released in such a short period of time and that continued shipping of these types would be difficult due to certain constraints (like lack of display space in retailers. However, he then stated that if there was sufficient demand from both retailers and consumers, Nintendo would consider producing more shipments of these rare Amiibo.
Finally, at the end of third quarter, download sales of digital titles reached 21.1 billion yen, which is a 17 percent increase from last year. Overall, Nintendo has seen huge increases in digital sales, with a significant spike in the US in particular starting from fiscal year 2013:
Overall, Nintendo is reporting some pretty good financial results — hopefully this trend continues for the remainder of the year.