Earlier this week during their financial results briefing, Nintendo held the usual investor Q&A, where they elaborated a little more about their plans moving forward.
Topics discussed included more details about how the Coronavirus situation has impacted Switch production, expectations for the Switch’s lifespan, plans for new mobile tiles, and more.
- Nintendo has seen an impact in Switch production from the pandemic, but they believe it to be limited at this time
- It’s expected that impact on production for Switch will be over by Summer
- Most employees are working from home, which could impact their software release schedule
- Nintendo says Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a major reason for sales being up this year in each region
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ digital sales accounted for about 50% of total sales
- With Animal Crossing: New Horizons, interest spread from players in their 20-30s and women to family, friends and social media
- Nintendo doesn’t expect that digital ratio to continue, but obviously digital purchases will grow
- Nintendo believes they’re barely in the middle of the Switch’s lifespan
- Nintendo is looking at what they can do to be more flexible to accommodate players staying at home due to the pandemic
- Nintendo says the shift to working from home made quite an impact, but Nintendo is now learning what to do/not to do
- Nintendo is tying to ramp up production for Ring Fit Adventure so they can take advantage of the current consumer interest
- Switch Online paid users are over 15 million, & have increased due to Pokemon Sword and Shield, as well as Animal Crossing
- Switch numbers in China aren’t really that big
- Nintendo has increased their ad budget, as they now want the Switch to reach those who don’t play games
- Nintendo is planning new mobile games, but aren’t ready to announce them
- Super Mario Run has passed 400 million downloads
- Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw active users increase thanks to the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons
What do you think?