During its most recent financial reports, Nintendo reported some underwhelming results while sticking to its projections; with the dust having now settled the company has actually downgraded its expectations for sales and profits for the rest of the financial year (up to 31st March).

To start with the numbers, Nintendo has dropped its anticipated overall sales revenue for the financial year by 12.3%, which is a fairly significant drop. Operating profit is estimated to be 33,000 million Yen (around $293 million) rather than 50,000 million Yen (around $443 million), while the upcoming net profit - the final number when all is said and done - is estimated to be 17,000 million yen (around $151 million), which is a drop from the previous estimate of 35 million Yen (about $310 million).

Those declining numbers are blamed on two things - on the one hand Nintendo is citing "yen appreciation in foreign currency exchanges" as causing a hit, though it's worth noting that the reverse has helped Nintendo's profits in recent years. The main point, though, is that Nintendo is acknowledging a drop in its predicted sales for the 3DS, though the Wii U has provided some happy news. We've broken down the numbers below.


3DS

Estimated hardware sales for financial year (2015 / 2016) - 6.6 million (previously 7.6 million)
Hardware sales for previous financial year (2014 / 2015) - 8.73 million

Estimated software sales for financial year (2015 / 2016) - 47 million (previously 56 million)
Software sales for previous financial year (2014 / 2015) - 62.74 million

Wii U

Estimated hardware sales for financial year (2015 / 2016) - 3.4 million (unchanged)
Hardware sales for previous financial year (2014 / 2015) - 3.38 million

Estimated software sales for financial year (2015 / 2016) - 27 million (previously 23 million)
Software sales for previous financial year (2014 / 2015) - 24.4 million

Wii

Estimated hardware sales for financial year (2015 / 2016) - 100,000 units (unchanged)
Hardware sales for previous financial year (2014 / 2015) - 460,000 units

Estimated software sales for financial year (2015 / 2016) - 7 million (previously 4 million)
Software sales for previous financial year (2014 / 2015) - 11.73 million


The Wii U numbers show that the home console, greatly aided by the likes of Splatoon and Super Mario Maker, is enjoying an improved year. The sharp decline of hardware and game sales for the 3DS has been a problem, though, combining with economic turbulence. That said, while the Yen is a factor in Nintendo cutting its profit projections, Nintendo's estimated overall sales revenue for the year would be its lowest in quite some time - 15 years, according to Bloomberg.

Of course, 2016 could be a huge year for the company, with an NX reveal (and potential release) along with big moves into mobile, and potentially some blockbusters to come on 3DS and Wii U. Overall, however, the 2015 / 2016 financial year has been disappointing.

[via nintendo.co.jp]