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Financial Results Briefing
for Fiscal Year Ended March 2014
May 8, 2014

In addition to the Nintendo 3DS version that I just mentioned, we will release this winter “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U,” the latest installment in the Smash Bros. franchise, which fans have been waiting for, for the first time in six years on a console. With these two titles for Wii U as pillars, we would like to create a new trend for our console game business through which we can best leverage our strength.

At the Corporate Management Policy Briefing this January, I explained that the company would prioritize making and proposing Wii U software titles that can only be made possible with the Wii U GamePad. We are planning to disclose our progress on this at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles in June.

I also mentioned at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing this January the quick start menu. The integration of this feature is almost complete, and this is how it will actually work on the Wii U system. We will deliver this update to Wii U owners when we update the Wii U hardware either before or during summer.

I mentioned that we are working with domestic software publishers on selling their Nintendo 3DS titles overseas. Here, I would like to add more information about third-party software in the overseas markets.

The logos you can see here are some of the overseas software publisher titles for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Also, like “Just Dance,” for which the logo is not shown here as it has not been announced yet, there are other titles which utilize the strength of Nintendo platforms. Overseas software publishers often release strong titles on several platforms. As for the games that are categorized as particularly suitable for Nintendo platforms, we will continue to cooperate with these publishers to maintain a win-win relationship.

These are the download-only titles for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Since we have been offering Unity and Nintendo Web Framework, the number of indie developers has been increasing especially outside Japan. With the further expansion of our digital business, we will make efforts to create business opportunities and show positive results in the near future.

At the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in January, we referred to our new efforts to adapt to the changing business environment. Some of these efforts will yield results during this fiscal year; others need to be addressed over the medium term. Anyway, we would like to steadily advance each of them this year.
Today, please let me touch on the progress of some of these projects. However, regarding the medium-term goals, including the challenge of expanding into a new business area “to improve people's QOL in enjoyable ways” to be launched during the next fiscal year, I would like to disclose more specific information later this year.

With regard to “Taking Advantage of Smart Devices,” we are planning to release the first version of an application that specifically shows how Nintendo can utilize smart devices within this year.

Meanwhile, “Mario Kart 8” for Wii U will be released around the end of this month.
As we introduced in Mario Kart 8 Direct the other day, “Mario Kart 8” has a new feature named “Mario Kart TV” that enables players to upload racing highlight reels and share them on the Internet.
Also, we are planning to send out videos of attractive reels, and hints and tips as official Nintendo videos.

To enjoy these features even when you are not playing this game on the console, we are planning to offer a web service called “Mario Kart TV” (temp.), which also enables users to watch videos in a screen layout suitable for systems such as smart devices and computers, around the same time as the release of “Mario Kart 8.”


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