Huge Thursday Update：Nintendo Earnings Release, Persona 5 Scramble, Super Mario Maker 2, Plus Tons More News！
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● From the Earnings Release: operating profit for the year (249.7 billion yen) was below analyst expectations as was Nintendo Switch hardware (16.95 million units). Hardware was up 12.7% on a year-on-year basis with software up 86.7%. Nintendo 3DS hardware and software saw expected declines (60.2% and 62.9% respectively). Digital business saw an incredible 95.4% increase on a year-on-year basis with mobile business a 17.0% increase.
● In President Shuntaro Furukawa quotes from Bloomberg: he revealed that the company are always working on new hardware… “But we have no plans to announce that at this year’s E3 in June.” Nikkei however still insist that a cheaper Nintendo Switch will release this Summer.
● Furukawa also talked about the Switch launch in China alongside Tencent being sometime away: “Our current applications are just for the hardware, but we’ll also need inspections of our software. We will need many more applications to the government and others, so from that perspective the launch period is still unknown.” Furukawa also says he isn’t incorporating potential Chinese sales in the year’s forecasts due to no timeline for the launch.
● The lead image is the unveiling of Persona 5S as the Action RPG Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers for both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The game looks like more of a Musou game (it is Koei Tecmo Games after-all) than a Persona RPG. Check out the promo video here.
● Nintendo finally gave a (worldwide) release date for Super Mario Maker 2 for 28 June with preorders now open in Japan – two versions will be sold, one standard and the other with a 12 month Nintendo Switch Online subscription. The early purchase benefit will be a stylus. Check out an image for that and the box art here.
● In the current release schedule: Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch is still listed as a 2019 release along with both Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Pokémon Sword／Shield is listed as Winter 2019 in Japan and Late 2019 in the West. Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 are both listed as TBA.
● Nintendo Switch hardware is now at 34.74 million units sold worldwide as of 31 March, officially taking it above the Nintendo 64 (which is at 32.93 million units). The next home console is the Super Famicom which is at 49.10 million units (not including the Classic version).
● Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best-selling Nintendo Switch game to date with16.69 million total units sold worldwide as of 31 March.
● Super Mario Odyssey is the second best-selling Switch game with 14.44 million units sold worldwide.
● Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the third best-selling Switch game at 13.81 million units sold (the Wii U entry is at 5.36 million and the 3DS at 9.49 million, totalling 14.85 million).
● The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold 12.77 million units worldwide on Switch. Switch plus Wii U sales in Japan have overtaken the Famicom Disk System numbers for the first game.
● Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu／Eevee has now surpassed the 10 million mark at 10.63 million units sold worldwide.
● Splatoon 2 is now the sixth best-selling Switch game at 8.70 million units sold worldwide as of 31 March.
● Super Mario Party numbers remain impressive with 6.40 million units sold worldwide making the lack of DLC even more perplexing. The game is at over one million in physical sales in Japan alone.
● New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe numbers are already at 3.31 million units (the Wii U entry stands at 5.79 million units).
● 1-2-Switch is almost at the three million mark with 2.97 million units sold worldwide as of 31 March.
● Mario Tennis Aces is now the best-selling Mario Tennis game with 2.64 million units worldwide as of 31 March.
● Worldwide sales for Kirby Star Allies now stand at 2.56 million units worldwide as of 31 March.
● The Switch version of Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze has outsold the Wii U original with 2.25 million units sold.
● The Switch version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has surpassed the one million mark (1.18 million units).
● Yoshi’s Crafted World sold an impressive 1.11 million units worldwide in just three days (29-31 March).
● Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit has sold 1.09 million units worldwide as of 31 March.
● City Connection -who incorporated the Zerodiv and Psikyo names- have announced they will be releasing the three Psikyo Collections as two Psikyo Collections (six games on each cartridge as opposed to four each on the Arc Systems Works Asia releases). Psikyo SHOOTING LIBRARY Vol.1 releases on 25 July and Psikyo SHOOTING LIBRARY Vol.2 releases on 29 August priced at ¥4,104 each. Check out the box arts here.
● The first semi-final of the ARMSParty Crash Bash tournament begins on 03 May with Min Min vs Twintelle with the theme of ‘Fight over Fans’. The other semi-final will see Ninjara vs Mechanica.
● In other Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news: the game updated to Version 3.0.1, and which fixes a bug where winning with a Final Smash while on Joker’s route in Classic Mode would prevent the game from progressing.
● Bandai Namco Entertainment updated Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission, adding four new Super Rare ranked cards, four new stages, a new Extra Mission mode, a new Card Gacha mode, customisation options, Broly, and more. Check out the promo video and new TV commercial here.
● The Crimson Moon update for Starlink: Battle for Atlas launches in Japan on 07 May. Check out the Japanese trailer here.
● Square-Enix announced a third DLC pack for Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaishin Shidoo to Karappo no Shima with the only thing known is this teaser image!
● The second DLC for Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is out today in Japan with the third pack coming on 30 May.
● Gal Metal! also saw the second BGM DLC pack in Japan today featuring five new songs.
● Fortnite’s v8.50 update added the Endgame – Limited Time Mode where you can fight as Chitauri and Thanos or wield Avengers items!
● Oizumi Amuzio have released a patch for Tennis World Tour on PlayStation 4 and working on a Nintendo Switch one that delivers a balance adjustment of shot accuracy and bug fixes.
● The final game of the Heisei Period Hako Boy！＆ Hako Girl！ (BOX BOY! + BOX GIRL!) released on the Japanese Switch eShop today priced at ¥1,200.
● Also available today on the Japanese Switch eShop are demos for Shingeki no Kyojin 2 (not the Final Battle version) from Koei Tecmo Games and Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron from Worker Bee.
● Technically yesterday in Japan (25 April) saw Appirits publish the fantasy online RPG Goetia -Sen no Majin to Mugen no Tou- (Goetia: the Infinite Tower) as a free download but with in-app-purchases. The game supports Japanese language only so a worldwide release is not expected, at least anytime soon.
● GameTomo announced the the Mecha battle flying game Project Nimbus: Complete Edition for worldwide release on the Switch eShop on 16 May. Check out both Japanese and English trailers here.
● Careux announced they will be bringing their mobile otome game Dear Magi -Mahou Shonen Gakka- (Dear My Magical Boys) to the Japanese Switch eShop in early Summer.
● CFK announced Nekopara Vol.3 for release on the Switch eShop and PlayStation Store in June 2019.
● City Connection will also be publishing the classic shoot ‘em up STRIKERS 1999 for Nintendo Switch on the Japanese Switch eShop on 29 August with price to be determined. Check out screenshots for the game here.
● Hopping Girl Kohane: Jumping Kingdom Kuro Usagi no Hime is indexed an all-new title in the series. Check out the promo video here.
● Katana ZERO has sold an amazing 100,000 copies in the first week. The developers are also working on the first free DLC along with a speedrun mode.
● The niconico app on the Switch eShop has been updated to Version 3.30 where you can now view some channel videos, improved display options, and a recommended anime feature.
● DLC is now available for Gensokyo Defenders featuring new characters Yukari Yakumo, Toyosatomimi no Miko and Byakuren Hijiri, and new stages. The game is also 30% off on the eShop (there are currently over 200 games on sale so I’ll try and update the sales page this weekend!).
● Mario Kart 7 sold 1.21 million copies worldwide in the last financial year and has now achieved total sales of 18.26 million units making it the best-selling 3DS game.
● Nintendo 3DS hardware sold 2.55 million units in the past financial year and now stands at 75.08 million units. Check out the full list of hardware numbers at this page.
● Wii U hardware remains at 13.56 million units although software has increased to 102.85 million units. Wii (which is at 101.63 million units for hardware) saw software also increase to 920.81 million units.
● Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp updated to Version 2.3.1 which prepares for future events. Nothing else is known at this stage. Tomorrow will see Cherry’s Rockin’ Cookie which was introduced in this cool new trailer.
● Dragalia Lost updated to Version 1.7.1 making way for the Defensive Battles mode in tomorrow’s Fire Emblem: Lost Heroes event. Check out the full patch notes at this post. In more details from the Lost Heroes event: Marth, Fjorm, Veronica, and Alfonse will all be available. Check out the promo video for the event here.
● Fire Emblem Heroes saw Bound Hero Battle: Titania & Mist featuring Titania: Mighty Mercenary and Mist: Helpful Sister from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and Summoning Focus: Bound Hero Battle featuring Titania, Mist, and Ike: Young Mercenary.
● Nintendo announced closed beta for Mario Kart Tour for Android devices only in Japan and the United States. Applications are open until 07 May (8th in Japan) with the beta running from 22 May until 08 June. The game is still listed as a Summer release.
● Nintendo Co., Ltd. Senior Executive Officer Shigeyuki Takahashi is retiring on 27 June 2019. His position as General Manager, General Affairs Division, In charge of Quality Assurance Department, Investor Relations) will be filled by Kentaro Yamagishi. Takahashi will assume office as a Corporate Advisor. Takahashi joined Nintendo in 2006 and had previously worked at Sanwa Bank for 30 years.
● Check out this week’s Nintendo-only Famitsu software and hardware charts, with Langrisser Ⅰ＆Ⅱ as the highest new entry, here and this week’s Nintendo-only Famitsu Most Wanted, with Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete S back at number one, here.
● The NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition sold 5.95 million units in the last financial year, totalling 14.61 million units.
● Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares increased by +510 (1.34%) in Japan today to close trading for the day at 38,510 JPY.
● A Mario Tennis Aces: Special Online Demo is now available in North America with play from 26-28 April, plus a seven day free Nintendo Switch Online trial.
● Eastasiasoft have partnered with Cosen for a physical release of Panty Party in both standard and limited editions. The limited edition will include Panty Party branded underpants, Karaoke Soundtrack CD, Character Sticker Set, numbered certificate, manual and collector’s box. Preorders will open on Play-Asia on 02 May – remember to use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off your order!
● Watch episode 3 of Yoiko playing indie games, this time featuring both Pikuniku and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes here. Next week sees UNDERTALE!
● A Nintendo of America upload of the Splatoon 2 Off the Hook Live Concert at Tokaigi 2019 here.
● A character introduction trailer for Oni no Naku Kuni (Oninaki) here.
● A couple of awesome ‘Sword Art Wanline’ videos for Sword Art Online -Hollow Realization- DELUXE EDITION here.
● Gameplay trailer for Radirgy Swag here.
● Introduction video for SEGA AGES Virtua Racing here.
● Two more character introduction trailers for Shingeki no Kyojin ２ -Final Battle- (Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle) here.
● Launch trailer for Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, as well as an open world introduction video and audio commentary video here.
● Another promo video for Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku Gentou Nostalgie for Nintendo Switch here.
● Opening movie for Raspberry Cube here.
● Another introduction video for Umihara Kawase Fresh! here.
● Five gameplay movies for Shiritsu Berubara Gakuen ～Versailles no Bara Re*imagination～ here.
● Introduction trailer for the DLC character Yukari Yakumo in Touhou Sky Arena: Gensokyo Kuusen Hime -MATSURI-CLIMAX here.
● An introduction video for both Isoland and Isoland 2 – Ashes of Time here.
● Part 2 of the Team Sonic Racing Overdrive animation here.
● And the Denjin☆Gacha! segment for Starlink: Battle for Atlas here.
● Thanks to Naruki for more news tips again today!