Nintendo have released their half yearly earnings report, and as expected, profits and sales are both up. Net income was up 240% over the same period last year to 132.4 billion yen (AU$1.28 billion) for the six months to Sept. 30. Sales were 694.8 billion yen (AU$6.74 billion), up from 298.8 billion yen last year. Nintendo raised its annual profit outlook to 275 billion yen (AU$2.67 billion), up from a July forecast of 245 billion yen.
Over the six month period March-September, 7.33 million Wii consoles and 13.35 DS handhelds were sold to retail (shipped). This brings their life to date figures to 13.17 million for Wii and 53.64 million for the DS. Wii shipments for the first eleven months are by far the highest for any home console in history - for a comparison, in its first nine months Sony had shipped 6.4 million PS2 consoles, and it took them almost thirteen months to pass the ten million mark.
For software, 65.81 million Wii games have been shipped life to date, for a shipped attach rate of five games per console, although this figure includes Wii Sports which is sold separately in Japan. For the DS the figures are 259.48 million games shipped, for an attach rate of 4.8 games per console.
But what most people are here for are the projections. Nintendo plans to ship 17.5 million Wii consoles for the April 07-March 08 fiscal year, or another 10.17 for the next half year. This will bring the Wii's total shipments to 23.34 million by next March, up from their 22 million projection from last quarter. For the DS, Nintendo plans to ship another 14.56 million over the next two quarters, bringing the total number of DSes to a whopping 68.29 million by next March.
It seems that like the GameCube was last quarter, the GBA is finally being discontinued, as Nintendo do not have any hardware projections for the old single screen handheld, and it looks like its final resting place is at 80.05 million sold. Although Nintendo still projects another 10 million GBA and 2.5 million GameCube games will be sold for the fiscal year.
Only a few individual software figures were released. It was revealed that Mario Party 8 has already sold 2.89 million copies, and that Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are up to 12.17 million worldwide. Possibly the most impressive figure is the Brain Training series, which is up to 17.19 million sold even without counting the Big Brain Academy games.
Sony also report their figures later today, so we'll have that report up tonight.