With 2014 in the books, Nintendo recently released their financial report for Q3 (October 1 – December 31) of the fiscal year, and today CEO Satoru Iwata gave a presentation to the company’s investors. These types of presentations often contain plans for the future, but due to the fact that the holiday season has just finished, Iwata focused almost exclusively on sales data this time around. However, the fiscal year ends on March 31, and when Iwata meets with the investors shortly afterwards, he has a lot more he wants to discuss. Here’s what he told the investors:
“Today, since this is not a Corporate Management Policy Briefing but a Financial Results Briefing after the year-end sales season, which is the biggest sales season of the year, please allow me to focus on the results of the sales season and update you on our most recent business status. While we will further our endeavors to increase our Nintendo 3DS and Wii U businesses in the next fiscal year, we intend to simultaneously challenge ourselves with new endeavors which include our plan to take advantage of smart devices, more aggressive use of Nintendo’s character IP and our new QOL improvement platform business.
“I am limited in what I can discuss about these efforts now, and I do not think I can successfully convey a big and comprehensive picture of our projects just by sharing with you some fragmented information on these multiple challenges. At the time when we hold the next Financial Results Briefing to discuss the annual results of the current fiscal year, I am hopeful that I will be able to share with you any relevant information, as well as about our financial forecasts, in as much detail as I can. Accordingly, please note that this information is not included in my presentation today.”
— Satoru Iwata
The list of topics Iwata hopes to discuss next quarter includes Quality of Life devices, plans to take advantage of smart devices, and “more aggressive use of Nintendo’s character IP.” In the case of the latter, it’s possible we’ll find out if the rumors about a Legend of Zelda TV series are accurate.