Noah J Nelson on Friday, Jan. 17th
The prophets of doom and gloom have been following Japanese video game giant Nintendo around ever since their latest console, the Wii U was released to sluggish sales. The company’s President cut the earnings forecast in a press conference today in Japan and is now openly talking about embracing new business models.
Something that critics of the company have been calling for, in some cases for years now.
Wired’s Chris Kohler has a deep look at the bad news:
It’s not just the Wii U that’s underperforming. Nintendo also had to slash its forecasts for the 3DS, from 18 million to 13.5 million. What’s significant about this number is that it is actually fewer units than Nintendo sold of the 3DS during its last fiscal year. This is bad. With an enviable string of hit games like Animal Crossing, Pokemon and Zelda, plus a new lower-priced 2DS model that you could get for $99 on Black Friday, all things being equal sales of 3DS hardware should have gone up considerably versus last year.