Nintendo Provides Updates on Mobile, NX and The Legend of Zelda along with Annual Earnings

Mobile App Miitomo Crosses 10 Million Users
Worldwide;

Next Apps Will Be Games in the Fire
Emblem and Animal Crossing Franchises

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nintendo announced a variety of updates during the earnings announcement
for its full fiscal year, ended March 31. These updates included the
first information about Nintendo’s next video game system, code-named NX.

“As we report the results of the last fiscal year, we also look forward
to an exciting period ahead with further growth in our mobile business,
new products for our dedicated video game systems and continued progress
in our efforts to increase the number of consumers experiencing our IP
through games, licensing and expanded entertainment,” said Nintendo
President Tatsumi Kimishima.

For a complete overview of Nintendo’s financial announcements, as well
as changes to Nintendo’s governance system, please visit Nintendo’s
Investor Relations website at https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en.
Announcement highlights include:

  • Miitomo: Nintendo’s first app for smartphones and
    tablets has already crossed 10 million unique users worldwide. The
    free-to-start social experience app launched in Japan on March 17 and
    in a variety of other countries, including the United States, on March
    31. In the United States, Miitomo reached #1 free app status in
    its various online stores shortly after release. Along with these
    outstanding user numbers, Nintendo also has, to date, sparked more
    than 300 million conversations in Miitomo. In addition, users
    can insert their Mii characters into photos to create unique
    “Miifotos” that can be shared through various social media. As of now,
    more than 20 million Miifotos have been created. To celebrate Miitomo
    hitting 10 million users, Nintendo will run a special 10-day
    “Celebrating 10 Million Users!” promotion April 29-May 8.
  • Nintendo’s Next Mobile Apps: Building on the positive consumer
    reaction to Miitomo, Nintendo announced that its next two
    mobile apps would be based on the familiar and beloved Fire Emblem
    and Animal Crossing franchises. Nintendo plans to release both
    of these applications this fall. As for the former app, while making
    it more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for
    Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems, Nintendo aims to offer the great
    value of a role-playing strategy game. Nintendo will design the latter
    game so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing
    for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both Animal Crossing
    games, users will find increased enjoyment. Both of these are pure
    game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more
    prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into
    Nintendo’s dedicated games business. Nintendo will provide more
    details about these applications closer to their launch period, and
    aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences
    and different groups of players.
  • NX: Nintendo previously announced that it would release more
    information about its next system, code-named NX, this year. As the
    first announcement of any NX information, Nintendo confirmed that NX
    is scheduled to launch in March 2017. NX will not make an appearance
    at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June and
    will be unveiled later this year.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The latest installment in
    this classic franchise is scheduled to launch simultaneously for both Wii
    U
    and NX, and both versions of the game have been in development
    in tandem. Because developers need more time to polish the game, it
    will launch in 2017, but it will be the focus of Nintendo’s presence
    at E3.
  • E3: Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. This
    June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The
    Legend of Zelda
    franchise. The Wii U version of the game will be
    playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the
    only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide
    attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about
    Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U
and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 692 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi
XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo
GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario,
Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and
Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about
Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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