Nintendo’s Financial Slump and Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Announcement

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Today is a strange day to be a Nintendo stalwart and a Pokemon fan. Nintendo’s fiscal year ended on March 31, 2014 and the company is not looking good right now. Due to lower than expected sales numbers on both the Wii U and the 3DS, Nintendo has fallen below their projected income for the last fiscal year, and that’s even after taking into account the fact that they lowered their projections back in January of this year. With Nintendo once again skipping E3 and maintaining that they will not be showing off new hardware, one has to wonder what they plan on doing to right the ship.

Of course, if things are looking down a little Pokemon can always give you a nice bump. This morning, Nintendo announced Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, updated versions of the classic Game Boy Advanced titles that released in 2003. Promising an “epic new story” in a “dramatic new world”, both games will be hitting the 3DS/2DS this November. Long-time series fans will recall that the original Ruby and Sapphire games took place in Hoenn, but speculation about the potential Mega Legendaries on the game’s cover art has pointed to the fact that this game might be in a new location.

What do you guys think about this news? Sad for Nintendo? Excited for more Pokemon? Sound off!

Source – GoNintendo, Nintendo, Eurogamer, Pokemon.com

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4 thoughts on “Nintendo’s Financial Slump and Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Announcement”

  1. It seems like Nintendo is banking a lot on Smash Bros. at the moment, but I can’t see it saving them in the near future. It’s crazy how thoroughly they’ve seemed to miss the mark in terms of marketing the Wii U. Everyone I know that has one really loves the machine, but Nintendo can’t seem to connect what it does to who they think should have one.

  2. It seems to be the same cycle. Nintendo hits a slump, everyone says poor marketing and no 3rd party support. E3 comes and they reveal a few exclusives, even a few popular cross platform games from 3rd parties.Everyone says Nintendo is fine. Huge dry spell of any quality titles. Cue dry spell and doom articles again.

    Nintendo are great at making quality software, but they are downright terrible at everything else. And rather funny timing of that Pokemon reveal 😉

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