Nintendo Held their Investors Meeting for the End of FY 2019 Q4

Nintendo held an investors meeting recently and talked about sales of first and second-party games for the Switch, as well as the console itself. This post will focus on sales of first and second-party titles on the platform. This meeting was delayed due to COVID-19; it was meant to be back in April to discuss how the company has done for the end of March, Q4 of 2019.

Nintendo had amazing 2019 and first few months of 2020, despite the early days of COVID-19 making an impact around the globe. The Switch now sits at 55.77 million SKUs. That is up roughly 74.7% from 41.67 million on October 31 last year.

For software, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best selling game on Nintendo Switch. The game has now reached 24.77 million units. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also a game that performed really well. It has not even been out as long as MK8D, yet it still managed to ship 18.84 million. Another game that sold extremely well was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it was a launch title. It shipped 17.41 million SKUs. For the complete lists, head on over to Nintendo’s PR site.

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This is Probably Why There Are Friend Codes on the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has been using friend codes ever since the Wii launched in 2006. This was carried over to the Nintendo 3DS which released in 2011. Then when 2012 saw the release of the Wii U and this time, Nintendo did not use friend codes. However, on March 3, 2017 when Nintendo Switch came out, they went back to using friend codes. It turns out, there was a reason for doing so.

A leaked PowerPoint presentation was leaked for the Wii. In it contained a slide discussing friend codes. It seems that nintendo wanted players to have a better experience when playing with family or friends. Rather than guessing someone’s name and sending a friend request from a stranger, friend codes make those random friends requests less likely as that person would need to guess the randomly given 12 digit code. It’s probable that Nintendo wanted to have this return for the Switch.

What do you think? Do you dislike using friend codes? Let us all know!

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Polygon

Nintendo eShop is Shutting Down in Latin America and the Caribbean for Wii U and the 3DS

Nintendo will be shutting down the eShop for regions that only get a limited version of the storefront already. Countries like the Bahamas, Chile, Haiti, and the US territory of the Virgin Islands, as well as many other regions will see shutdowns.

However, if Mexican or Brazilians are reading this, have no further fret. Mexico and Brazil have full versions of the eShop so they will be unaffected. This is mainly for regions that get limited eShops for redeeming download keys.

Users affected by this will have until the end of July to redeem any unused keys for games on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and 3DS. They will also be unable to re-download any previous redeemed games. After 31 July, unused keys will no longer work. The eShop for the Switch will not be affected by this. This is only for the Wii U and 3DS.

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ValueAct is Now the Parent Company of Nintendo, Sort Of

Nintendo has been in talks with ValueAct for quite some time now. ValueAct Capital investing $1.1 billion US in Nintendo Co., Ltd. and 2.6 million of the shares from investors. This means that ValueAct owns roughly two per cent of Nintendo. They believe Nintendo will be much more popular in the future.

Nintendo is very successful with its IP’s and hardware. They are even getting another Mario film in production with the help from Illumination. However, Nintendo want more success out of mobile titles. They also want a better presence with online services.

What do you think? Let everyone know below.

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ValueAct is Now the Parent Company of Nintendo

Nintendo has been in talks with ValueAct for quite some time now. ValueAct Capital investing $1.1 billion US in Nintendo Co., Ltd. and 2.6 million of the shares. This means that ValueAct owns roughly two per cent of Nintendo. Two reasons why the investment makes sense is due to ValueAct believing Nintendo will be much more popular in the future by expanding on its brands to new endeavors such as collaborating with Illumination with a Super Mario Bros. movie, branching its Super Mario IP to three theme park locations, working with LEGO, and releasing games on mobile devices.

Nintendo has had a great few years with its success of the Switch. More major third-party games are coming to the platform, so many games that many did not expect to see this happen. However, the Nintendo Switch Online service has not lived up to its competitors counterparts like PlayStation PLUS or Xbox Game Pass. Those two continually get praised. Nintendo is also not always doing as well as they wish to with mobile titles. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Fire Emblem: Heroes, and Mario Kart Tours were winners for the company; on the other hand, Super Mario RUN, Miitomo, (which shut down) and the Nintendo Switch Online app were met with disappointment. Nintendo and ActValue seem to believe that this will help them quite a bit.

What do you think? Let everyone know below.

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Bloomberg

Nintendo and LEGO Are Teaming Up for a Super Mario Collaboration

UPDATE: It is only a toy-set it seems for now.

It was just confirmed that LEGO and Nintendo will be partnering up. LEGO Super Mario has officially been announced. There is not much information yet but be sure to sign up for updates on GAME UK’s official website.

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The Nintendo Switch is Three Years Old

Nintendo released the Switch on March 3, 2017, along with first-party titles The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch. (Breath of the Wild also released on Wii U that same day.) Today, the Switch turns three years old. Time does definitely fly.

To celebrate the three anniversary, this month will have one first-party title and a second-party game will launch this month. On March 6, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX will release on the platform. The other game is Animal Crossing: New Horizons which will launch on March 20. There will also be a limited Animal Crossing themed Nintendo Switch bundle for the game.