They will start by releasing a Pikmin app in 2021, based on the puzzle-solving series created by Nintendo’s creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto in 2001.
A series of marquee game releases is expected to drive software sales next fiscal year to 250 million units.
To the growing list of things that make gaming startup Coly Inc. unusual, it can add one of the best market debuts in recent Japanese history.
Nintendo shares outperformed console rivals Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. in 2020 and the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have faced production and logistics setbacks.
The problem is particularly acute this year because the coronavirus has squeezed production and pushed more console sales online.
Set to open Feb. 4, the attraction is part of a long-delayed, ¥60 billion effort to introduce Mario and other beloved characters to real-world theme park visitors.
Nintendo is expected to raise its fiscal-year sales target from the current 24 million when it next reports quarterly results.
Factory and logistical disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic have hurt manufacturers’ ability to keep up.
The new PlayStation is Sony’s most important gadget since the Walkman, and it goes head-to-head with Microsoft Corp.’s next-generation Xbox over the holidays.
As the Xbox has virtually zero presence in Japan, there is plenty of room for it to increase its share of the market.