Booming year-end sales of the wand-wielding Wii game console sent profit at Nintendo soaring 43% for the nine months ended December, the Japanese manufacturer of Pokemon and Super Mario games said Thursday.
[…] The company said it had met its target of 4 million units shipped by the end of 2006 as that number had been manufactured and were still getting distributed, according to spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa.
He said Nintendo was well on its way to reach its target of global shipment for 6 million Wii machines by March 31, the end of the current fiscal year, and will have manufactured 7 million Wii machines in fiscal 2006.
It takes me back to my post about advances in gaming machines from 2005:
So what this means is that the entire…point, of making a new system is graphics, graphics, graphics. Think about it, when the ads tout “better games,” what do they mean? More mentally challenging? More thought-provoking? More…what? No, they mean “better graphics.” It’s the be-all and end-all of systems these days.
This was wrong. Nintendo didn’t win with better graphics, they won with some pretty innovative interface work (and a lower price).
Good for them.