Thursday Update: Mario Kart Tour Delayed, Switch Forecast Revised, New Switch Rumours, Plus Tons More!

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● In the nine months earning release ending 31 December 2018, Nintendo Co., Ltd. reported a 19.5% year-on-year increase for Nintendo Switch hardware and a 100.9% increase in software. In-spite of the optimistic outlook, President Shuntaro Furukawa revised the estimated number of Nintendo Switch systems sold this fiscal year from 20 million to 17 million (it currently stands at 14.49 million), and also for Nintendo 3DS systems from 4 million to 2.6 million (currently it’s at 2.31 million), with hardware decreasing by 60.5% year-on-year, and software 64.5%.

● Smart device related income saw an increase of 14.7% year-on-year, although Mario Kart Tour will not release this fiscal year as currently planned and is now scheduled for Summer 2019. Furukawa told Nikkei that Nintendo still plan on releasing two to three mobile games per year, although only managed the one (Dragalia Lost) this fiscal year. Furukawa aims to scale up the mobile business, which currently only accounts for 3% of Nintendo’s overall revenue.

● A separate Nikkei report states that Nintendo are planning a smaller, cheaper Nintendo Switch system for release in the next fiscal year (which ends on 31 March 2020), focusing on portable play but with less functionality. Nintendo declined to comment. Any admission that such a system exists would unlikely be publicly made until shortly before launch. Nikkei also report that Nintendo Switch Online will see additional services, likely paid, although no further information is available.

● Nintendo’s three major Nintendo Switch titles in Q4 registered impressive sales with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate selling a massive 12.08 million units as of 31 December and will likely overtake Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (which is at 15.08 million) as the best-selling Switch game of all-time by the end of the 2019 calendar year. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! amassed 10 million units sold by 31 December, with Super Mario Party surpassing most expectations with 5.3 million units.

● So much other sales anecdotes to report with Nintendo saying a total of 20 million-sellers for the period including third parties: Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze has outsold the Wii U original selling 2.08 million as opposed to 1.98 million on Wii U.

● The Nintendo Switch version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has sold 1.05 million units (I don’t have Wii U data to hand) as of 31 December.

● The Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit has sold 1.06 million as of 31 December, with the second and third kits marking subsequent drops.

Mario Tennis Ace(s) is another first-party success, selling 2.53 million as of 31 December rounding off the last of this fiscal year’s games to open above one million.

● In the evergreen category: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is at 15.02 million, Super Mario Odyssey is at 13.76 million, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is at 11.68 million, Splatoon 2 is at 8.27 million, 1-2-Switch is at 2.86 million, and Kirby Star Allies is at 2.42 million.

● In the release schedule for 2019: Fire Emblem Three Houses is still listed as Spring 2019, the untitled Pokémon RPG is the second half of 2019 on the Japanese document and late 2019 on the English. Both Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion 3 are listed as 2019, with both Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 listed as TBA.

● Nintendo have opened up a Smash Bros. Dojo Twitter account for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players to post photos with the hashtag #スマブラ画. The first theme is festival, with entries open until 07 February at 23:59 JST. Winning entries will be retweeted with comments from Masahiro Sakurai to be added later.

● Both Jiren and Videl are now available for Dragon Ball FighterZ priced at ¥540 for each character or ¥2,700 for the FigherZ Pass 2 set which will also include Broly (DBS) and Gogeta (SSGSS), along with two fighters yet to be revealed. Nintendo have the dates of the remaining fighters as 25 April, 25 July, 26 September, and 28 November, although these could just be placeholders. Introduction videos for both Juren and Videl posted here.

● Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that worldwide sales for Boku no Academia: One’s Justice (My Hero One’s Justice) have surpassed 500,000 across all platforms. To celebrate, the game is now 30% off on the Nintendo Switch eShop, reduced from ¥8,208 to ¥5,700 until 13 February. There’s a huge Bandai Namco Winter Sale going on that I’ll endeavour to post about in full tomorrow!

● Ancient Games have opened up the teaser website for the third Gotta Protectors game Susume!!Mamotte Knight – Hime no Totsugeki Serenade.

● And Spike Chunsoft have opened up the teaser website for AI:The Somnium Files. Still no update on a release window.

● Further to our report yesterday that Darksiders Warmastered Edition is coming to Nintendo Switch, THQ officially confirmed it today, releasing in the West on 02 April. It’ll be interesting to see whether Worker Bee (who have localised several THQ Nordic games for Japan) will also localise this. Switch trailer posted here.

● With the Boke vs. Tsukkomi Splatfest due to start in Japan this weekend, North America and Europe will see a Pancakes vs Waffles Splatfest begin on 08 February (the 9th in Europe).

● Nicalis announced that Crystal Crisis have been delayed to 28 May in the West. The Japanese release (published by Pikii) is still listed as ‘Spring’.

● A Pokémon music pack DLC is coming to Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version! on 07 February priced at ¥432, containing the three tracks, Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee Game Music, Pokémon Sun & Moon Anime Opening – Future Connection, and Pokémon Anime Opening – Mezase Pokémon Master ~20th Anniversary~.

● Mighty Craft announced that Super Real Mahjong PV will no longer release in late January (as should be obvious in that it the 31st) with no alternate release date at present. No word on the other planned game for January (Touhou Sky Arena: Gensokyo Kuusen Hime -MATSURI-CLIMAX).

● Only Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn and the Japanese only title Mobile Ball are listed on the Nintendo release schedule from earlier today in the upcoming games section for 3DS (the U.S. is still to see the localisation of Yokai Watch 3. Shortly after, Atlus added to this by announcing a localisation go Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth for release on 04 June with a physical version planned. Check out the opening cinematic at this post.

Mario Kart 7 managed to sell an impressive 1.07 million units in the last nine months of 2018 and now stands at 18.11 million units sold worldwide, making it the best-selling 3DS game to date.

● The Wii Shopping Channel has now closed and you are unable to purchase software or additional content. Re-downloading existing purchases is still possible however.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw the Pelly’s Flight of Passion gardening event begin along with the Candy Cluster Muster seasonal event, See pictures from both events at this post.

Dragalia Lost saw the new raid event, Skyborne Spectacle begin which includes the new adventurer, Su Fang. Also today is the Springtime Spree summoning event with featured adventurer: Lin You, featured dragon: Long Long, and featured wyrmprints: Warrior Maiden and Kung Fu Masters.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw the Voting Gauntlet: Mothers and Sons begin with first round matches of Ethlyn vs Leif, Lissa vs Owain, Church vs Gerome, and Mikoto vs Corrin.

● Check out this week’s Nintendo-only Famitsu Most Wanted with Animal Crossing dominance here and this week’s Famitsu software and hardware charts here.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares increased by +2.05% today to close trading at 33,830.00. Please note that this does not reflect on the third quarter financial results. That will be reflected in Friday’s numbers. U.S. stock is down -4.57% as of press-time, likely reflecting the new revised hardware numbers.

● In site news: I opened up a page looking at all Nintendo hardware sales. I’ve included the Virtual Boy, Game & Watch, and Color TV-Game that aren’t on the Nintendo homepage.

● And in other sales numbers: Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition and Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition recorded total sales of 5.83 million units in the last nine months of 2019. I’ll add these systems to the hardware page once a breakdown of sales is made available.

● Three Nintendo Switch My Way commercials from Nintendo of America with Super Mario Odyssey & Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (here), Final Fantasy VII & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (here), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (here). Final Fantasy VII is listed as ‘coming soon’ btw!

● A Lulu character trailer from Made in Wario Gorgeous (WarioWare Gold) here.

● The all participants trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from Nintendo HK here.

● An additional chibi DLC costume introduction video for Fate/EXTELLA LINK here.

● A ‘Keep the Faith’ theme song video for Dusk Diver here.

● Introduction videos for Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart 2 -Nora, Princess, and Crying Cat.- here.

● The Japanese trailer for Necrosphere Deluxe here.

● The Broken World DLC trailer for Victor Vran Overkill Edition here.

● The 17th Episode of Dragalia Lost ‘Radio Castle’ here.

● The Downwell Nintendo Switch launch trailer here.

● The Dragon Marked for Death Nintendo Switch launch trailer here.

● And the latest four hour Arks Winter Challenge livestream for Phantasy Star Online 2 here.

● Thanks to Naruki for thr Super Real Mahjong PV news!

● And thanks everybody for following. Please also follow me on Twitter @japanese3ds and please buy me a coffee!

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