Remember when Nintendo was dead? Remember how it didn’t stand a chance at weathering the storm? Remember how everyone called for the executives’ heads and told the company to go third-party?
Well, to conclude a year that most people saw as a turnaround point for Nintendo’s misfortunes, the company has confirmed that it capped off a very successful 2014 with December being the most lucrative month in the Wii U’s history. Without specific numbers mind you, Wii U console sales climbed 29 percent over the previous December, and the software showed even more impressive improvement with a 75 percent increase over 2013.
“Wii U had its strongest year yet thanks to the highly anticipated software lineup and the introduction of the amiibo platform,” said Nintendo’s Scott Moffitt.
“Fans can anticipate another strong year for 2015, especially with more highly anticipated games like Splatoonand The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, as well as New Nintendo 3DS XL, arriving in the first half of 2015.”
The Nintendo 3DS also posted remarkable figures with a grand total of 16 games crossing the 250,000 mark. Eight of these games managed to sell 500,000, and three shipped over a million. Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS also crushed the competition to cross the 2 million unit sales, and the combined success of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire managed 2.6 million.
Seem like winning numbers to me. See kids? Not everyone is on top 100 percent of the time, and when times get tough, you just have to take a few steps back and reevaluate. amiibo is exceeding expectations, the Wii U has the best line-up of exclusives, and Nintendo Directs are still exciting, informative, readily available, and most importantly, cheap to produce! The slow-burn to success is paying off for Nintendo, and it seems like the company has a tight grasp on where it is going.
It’s this silly “if you are not in first place, why bother?” mentality that really gets to me when analysts judge Nintendo. I liken the people who told it to get lost as spoiled kids who quit after the first few innings of a baseball game because they aren’t winning. That would be the equivalent of pulling out of the console business or even sacrificing its exclusivity ideals by putting its games on smartphones.
Band-aids don’t fix broken legs, and small fixes don’t help in the long run.
Nintendo has a long way to go to being in first place, and it might not ever be in first again when competing against mega-corporations like Microsoft and Sony. But you know what? That’s okay.