January 27, 2010 – On January 28, 2009 (Japan time), Nintendo Co., Ltd. reported financial results for the first three fiscal quarters and earnings for the period ending Dec. 31, 2009, and left unchanged prior forecasts for full year global sales and profits.
The nine month figures for net sales, operating income, ordinary income, and net income represented the third best corresponding performances in company history, but they all saw a decline from the results of the prior year. The net sales and operating income declines in comparison to the record-breaking previous year primarily stem from year-on-year decreases in Wii hardware and Nintendo DS software sales, a price cut for Wii hardware, and the significant impact of a stronger yen.
The company also updated life-to-date worldwide unit shipments for its two category-leading brands. Cumulative shipments of Wii hardware now exceed 67 million, along with nearly 510 million software units. For the Nintendo DS franchise that includes Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite, and Nintendo DSi, the corresponding lifetime totals now stand at over 125 million portable hardware systems, and over 688 million software units.