New data from app store intelligence site Sensor Tower has revealed that Nintendo's library of smartphone titles have now generated more than $1 billion in player spending.
The figure combines totals from six games - Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Dragalia Lost, Mario Kart Tour, Super Mario Run, and Dr. Mario World - which incidentally have amassed a mighty 452 million downloads between them worldwide.
The majority of this income - $656 million, or 61% of the grand total - is from Fire Emblem Heroes alone, comfortably making it the highest-grossing of Nintendo's mobile efforts so far. You can see how the others stack up in the chart below:
According to Sensor Tower, 54% of the $1 billion total was generated in Nintendo's home country of Japan (so that's $581 million); the US has the second-highest player-spending total with 29% ($316 million). In fact, only Mario Kart Tour and Super Mario Run have bucked this trend by generating more money in the US than Japan; all other games have performed better in the latter.
So, the next time someone asks you why Nintendo makes games on smartphones these days, you know where to point them. Impressive stuff.
Sweet beans, that’s a lot
My money is only for dedicated consoles & handhelds (GBA, NDS, 3DS, Switch, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP).
NOT for mobile games.
what morons spent that amount on Dr mario. So true a idiot and their money are easily parted.
So much for "nobody likes Fire Emblem" lol
This is really bad news, mobile gaming is too big of a dark temptation, it's awful that games that have mictrotransactions etc are making so much money, it just makes developers and publishers like Nintendo want to invest more time in to mobile trash, rather than proper pay once or pay extra for proper substantial DLC type games
I've made it to level 180-something without spending a penny on Dr. Mario World. The game literally gives you assist moves: I have 3 "extra capsules" and after 5 or so attempts at a level, Toad will give you extra capsules. What are people spending their money on here?
Oh, right, THAT'S why we're getting Byleth today.
Edit: As much as I dislike the whole Whale Farming thing, I do like that the money is going to Nintendo. Americans follow money hardcore, so maybe now we can get some stigmas lifted and get some more intelligent and imaginative new generations, that actually think ahead, stick to principles, and have empathy. So, in that sense, I don't mind seeing these numbers.
I've been playing a lot of Fire Emblem Heroes and Dragalia Lost, and my bank account is yet to be touched. These games can very well be enjoyed without wasting your money
With success like that I hope Nintendo doesn’t end up just making games for mobile in the future. You could understand why if they did...
@datamonkey If we could get a lagless controller and they did a Switch dock-esque thing somehow, it'd be an absolute win (provided that the software is robust, and not the trash we're getting right now).
I can't think why, none of them are even worth your time let alone any money
Jesus how did fire emblem make that much? I think I beat the game and didn't really notice the micro transactions.
I enjoy Dragalia Lost and go back to it every so often. It’s very generous with giving out free summons.
@tendonerd The game constantly updates, dude. If you beat it a year ago, it's added a whole year's worth of story content since. Not that the writing for this one is any good, mind you.
And people complain about the same mechanics targeting kids on consoles... But Nintendo does it on Mobile and it is "impressive stuff" 🙄🤦♂️
@kenyowa alright thanks for that info. I really either skipped through the story or don't remember anything from it. It's my first fire emblem.
I don't see a single positive comment towards this news so far...
and yet someone Is using this as confirmation bias to prove Nintendo fans are "hypocrites" towards their beloved EA.
Just because the article itself calls it "impressive" doesn't mean that every Nintendo fan agrees with it. Otherwise the NBA 2K20 article that praised the game wouldn't have been so nearly controversial.
@tendonerd No problem - I would definitely recommend one of the main series Fire Emblems though. The story in Heroes is entirely a vehicle to sell the gacha to you; the main franchise (usually) does better.
I still remember the time People laughed at me when i told on miiverse back in 2016 Nintendo Should go for the mobile market.
Who is laughing now?
Wow. Turnover of one billion dollars. That's -almost- as much as ONE (1) Mario game for consoles.
Dragalia Lost is my favorite in the group so it’s nice that it making money. It’s the one that is the least greedy when it comes to the Gacha game. Hands out summon vouchers and Wyrmite like crazy and it not demanding that you have the latest Adventure/Dragon to conquer the stages and be of use online.
Bit sad that Super Mario Run is last (Dr. Mario World doesn’t exist ) when it’s only one you pay once for the full game with no micro transaction. Now that I say it aloud, it sadly makes sense.
I’m sure I’ve spent at least $1000.00 on Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. New Horizons can’t come soon enough for me.
I’ve spent more money on super Mario run then the other free to play Nintendo games combined. Also the shortest amount of time too.
Yeah, despite Nintendo's mobile games being popular , I don't see folks on here liking the MTX. Welp, if it makes the EA fans feel better, more power to em..
Can we just say it, even though it's a dirty word to everyone. FIRE EMBLEM MADE ALMOST 3/4 OF A BILLION DOLLARS on mobile.
BTW if they had developed the game a little more and just released DR Mario on the Switch eshop with no micro-transactions it would have made them more money. How embarrasssssing for them. Curious to see where Mario Kart lands by the end of the year.
And I haven’t spent a penny
Not bad profits. I wish there was some way to figure out if these users are mobile only or not. Just to see how Nintendo is reaching the gamers that may pass on a console but still like the IPs.
Like lambs to the slaughter - or should that be whales?
@Matthew010 Some people like patience
The power of waifus
thank god u didn't put the pic with team Rocket's James with coins this time
Nintendo said they consider Fire Emblem a major franchise a while back. This combined with Awakening and Fates breaking a million and Three Houses breaking 2 million is proof of it. Heroes is their #2 mobile game which proves almost everyone loves FE.
Cool now sell the classic Pokemon games on mobile.
I quit playing mobile phone games years ago...the format has lost my interest.
Vote with your wallet they say
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