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Nintendo has reported its earnings release for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016.

First, here’s a look at hardware for the quarter:


Getting down to some of the nitty-gritty:


And some analysis and comments from Nintendo:

During the six months ended September 30, 2016, we saw strong trends for the global release of Kirby: Planet Robobot. On the hardware side, Nintendo 2DS saw sales growth. The release of the smart device application Pokémon GO led to increased sales of software in the Pokémon series released in the past and drove the Nintendo 3DS family hardware sales growth, particularly outside of Japan. The sales volume for hardware this period was 2.71 million units (19% increase on a year- on-year basis), while software held steady with the previous year at 19.23 million units sold.

For the Wii U console, we have decided to ship 0.8 million units this fiscal year, based on our forecasts of comprehensive demand for Nintendo hardware. Activity has conformed to our expectations from the start of the fiscal year, with hardware sales volume of 0.56 million units (53% decrease on a year-on-year basis). There were no hit titles this period to compare with Splatoon and Super Mario Maker last year, so the software sales were 8.3 million units (33% decrease on a year-on-year basis).

As part of its latest financial results, Nintendo has sent out some information detailing its latest million sellers as well as an updated release schedule. Both can be viewed below.


The latest episode of Nintendo’s Japanese show Nyannyan Neko Mario Time has now gone live. We’ve included it below.

Did you know that Jangmo-o was the first creature created for the new generation of Pokemon? Game Freak revealed that noteworthy to tidbit during a recent interview.

As for the most entertaining Pokemon to design for Sun/Moon, director Shigeru Ohmori pointed to Alolan Exeggutor. He explained that “When the designers first came up with the idea, the background is that the sun in Alola is so strong, that [Exeggutor] just keeps growing and growing.”

Ohmori later laughed – and explained the following – when asked if some of the eccentric Pokemon creatures were made just to mess with people:

GameStop’s retro initiative has done well for the retailer thus far. Due to its success, GameStop is expanding the program.

All stores are now eligible for retro trade-ins. Previously, customers could only trade in retro games and systems at specific areas. It’s possible to trade in retro games, systems, and controllers. And if that wasn’t enough, GameStop is now offering Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, and GameCube products through its website.

Hit up GameStop’s retro section here for more information and games that can be bought online.


It was announced earlier in the year that Phoenix Wright is getting his own figma. Today, it received a release window, and we also have a proper look at the design.

You’ll be able to get your hands on the Phoenix Wright figma in May. Pre-orders are now open at Play-Asia, AmiAmi, and Good Smile. Pricing is set at around $65.

Here’s a closer look at the Phoenix Wright figma:

If you’re interested in some new plushies based on Pokemon Sun/Moon, you may want to swing by your local GameStop. Customers are starting to notice that variations based on Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio are appearing. Each one is from the Pokemon Center and goes for $14.95. They might not be showing up at every GameStop store immediately, but many should start carrying the plushies soon.


Emio has two new controllers on the way for Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition. While the hardware won’t be ready until next month, an “Edge Gamepad” and “Edge Joystick” are apparently coming tomorrow.

Here’s what the Edge Gamepad offers:

  • The Turbo functions allow repeated button presses by holding the “Turbo” button. The turbo switch activates the turbo function on either A or B.
  • The Turbo function will give an edge over those using a normal controller by increasing button pressing speed significantly.
  • Edge Gamepad comes with a 9′ cable, so you can play your favorite games from almost any spot in your room! You don’t have to worry about pulling the cable and disconnecting in the middle of a game.
  • The Edge Gamepad includes the “B+A” button, making it easier to execute certain moves requiring the player to press both the A button and the B button. Execute “B+A” moves with more accuracy.

And a rundown of the Joystick:

  • Turbo functions allow repeated button presses by holding the “Turbo” button. The Turbo knobs control the speed of the buttons, and the ON/OFF buttons activate the turbo function on A and/or B buttons.
  • Joystick is a digital 8-way input with circular gate. Switch between the ball top and bat top joysticks (incl.). Brings the arcade feel home, and works specially well with games that use 8 directions.
  • A and B are micro switches with higher end and long-lasting material. These buttons are the best choice for any fighting game enthusiast!
  • The Edge Joystick includes “Slow” & “B+A” buttons. “Slow” button gives an edge over a normal controller by making the game go in slow motion. Easily and accurately execute “B+A” moves.
  • Edge Joystick comes with a 9′ cable, so you can play your favorite games from almost any spot in your room! You don’t have to worry about pulling the cable and disconnecting in the middle of a game.

The Edge Gamepad costs $14.99. As for the Joystick, that one is going for $24.99. Both are up on Amazon here and here.

In Japan, a Nintendo-licensed children’s bike based on Mario Kart is now available. The Mario Kart-H can be had for about 23,000 yen, or roughly $220.

Here’s a closer look:

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More footage is in showing Scizor in the arcade version of Pokken Tournament, who is the latest character joining Bandai Namco’s fighting. Watch some new gameplay below.

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