A lot of people, including myself, have been giving Nintendo shit lately for what seemed like a botched launch of the 3DS console. And, to be fair to me and the rest of the haters, there’s been a lot of evidence to support the drinking of Haterade™.
But, you know, at a certain point you have to give credit where credit is due. Last week we reported that 3DS sales doubled on the week in Japan upon the release of Super Mario 3D Land. But I missed a pretty important little factoid from the press release that came out that day: According to the consumer market research firm the NPD Group, the 3DS is right on track to beat its predecessor, the DS, in its first year of sales. Having already surpassed 1.65 million units, Nintendo expects the 3DS will go past the DS’s year one sales of 2.37 million units.
This is pretty solid stuff—but it also doesn’t change the fact that the company’s still in the red right now. On the other hand, that’s just right now. It’s very likely that if Nintendo can keep pumping out quality software to their game-hungry 3DS owners the revenue from game sales will help bring them back up to where they need to be.
On the other-other hand, they’ve got another console launch right around the corner in early-to-mid-2012. The Wii U has a lot of people divided—so if that system fails to move, it might present another big revenue loss for the Big N.
At the end of the day, I’m just one hungry blogger in Minneapolis, dreaming of a grilled cheese, speculating out the ass about a company who has TONS OF MONEY SCIENTISTS who know way more about economics than I do. So, yeah.
Someone bring me some lunch.