If there's one thing Nintendo can count on, it's that Pokemon will always have its back financially. The company today released its financial earnings report for the nine month period ended on December 31, 2016. Sales for the period were up to 311 billion yen ($2.67 billion), a 26.9 percent decrease year-over-year. Profits were way up, landing at 102 billion yen ($885 million) this year, versus 40 billion yen in 2015.
The big winner for Nintendo was the 3DS. The worldwide 3DS hardware sales for the nine-month period were up 10 percent, hitting 6.45 million units and software sales were up 20 percent, at 46.78 million units. 3DS lifetime sales are currently at 65.30 million in total. Super Mario Maker for 3DS passed the million-seller mark for Nintendo, sitting at 2.01 million copies sold. Kirby: Planet Robobot also reached 1.3 million sold.
The Pokemon Go effect and the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon paid off well for Nintendo. Pokemon Sun/Moon sold a combined 14.69 million copies worldwide, making it one of the fastest-selling Pokemon games ever. For comparision, here's the recent games in the series (Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow are prior to the recent Virtual Console releases):
- Green/Red/Blue: 31.38 million
- Yellow: 14.64 million
- Gold/Silver: 23.10 million
- Crystal: 6.39 million
- Ruby/Sapphire: 16.22 million
- FireRed/LeafGreen: 11.82 million
- Emerald: 7.06 million
- Diamond/Pearl: 17.64 million
- Platinum: 7.69 million
- HeartGold/SoulSilver: 12.72 million
- Black/White: 15.62 million
- Black 2/White 2: 8.52 million
- X/Y: 16.06 million
- Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire: 13.68 million
- Sun/Moon: 14.69 million
In addition, Pokemon Go pushed fans to buy older Pokemon titles before the launch of Sun and Moon, meaning additional sales for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon X and Y. This allowed X/Y to surpass Black and White for Nintendo DS, with 16.06 million in total lifetime sales.
For the end of this fiscal year, Nintendo is betting heavily on the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, both of which are releasing on March 3, 2017. Heading into the next fiscal year, Nintendo is all-on with 3DS and Switch titles. Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Sports Superstar, Fire Emblem Echoes, Fire Emblem Warriors, Ever Oasis, and Pikmin lead the 3DS, while the Switch has Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, ARMS, Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Snipperclips, and 1-2-Switch in its corner.