Nintendo announces record year, thanks DS and Wii

If you've been following our Japanese hardware sales series, or caught last month's NPD report, or have a pulse and leave the house, you've no doubt heard that Nintendo's DS and Wii consoles are ... well, they're sort of a big deal. How big a deal? The pair are responsible for Nintendo's "record high" fiscal year, which ended March 31, 2007. The stats:

  • consolidated fiscal year revenues of ¥966.5 billion, a 90% increase

  • operating profits of ¥226.0 billion, a 150% increase

  • 23 million Nintendo DS consoles last year, lifetime sales of 40 million

  • 5.84 million Wii consoles in less than five months, "nearly" 29 million Wii games

Now for the projections for the fiscal year which began April 1, 2007:

  • consolidated sales increasing nearly 18% to ¥1.14 trillion

  • operating profits growing nearly 20% to ¥270 billion

  • 22 million Nintendo DS systems and 130 million games

  • 14 million Wii systems and 55 million games worldwide (will that be enough?)

Not quite the mom 'n pop outfit, are they? We're gonna need a "THEY PRINT MONEY!!!" graphic for these sort of things going forward.