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5 Key Nintendo Franchises for the Next Decade


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Nintendo's collection of great characters and high-quality franchises stands out as the company's greatest strength, and these five video game series will have a big impact on its performance in the years to come.

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5 Key Nintendo Franchises for the Next Decade

  1. 1. Text Text 5 Key Nintendo Franchises for the Next Decade Image source: Cisco.Image source: Nintendo.
  2. 2. Pokemon Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise is a juggernaut with well over 200 million video games sold and billions of dollars in merchandise sales. Its 2016 release Pokemon Go also stands as one of the most successful mobile games ever. Image source: Nintendo.
  3. 3. Nintendo is still working to expand the reach of the massive franchise, teaming with Comcast to bring Pokemon characters to Universal parks and with Legendary Entertainment for an upcoming movie release. Image source: Nintendo.
  4. 4. Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. brings together many of the company’s most beloved characters along with third-party guest characters in a hugely popular fighting game series. The franchise’s last installment sold more than 5.2 million copies on the Wii U console and more than 8.7 million copies on the 3DS handheld. Image source: Nintendo. Super Smash Bros.
  5. 5. Super Smash Bros. will likely be a big system seller for Nintendo’s Switch console and any other hardware platform the company might produce. Image source: Nintendo.
  6. 6. The Mario Kart franchise has sold over 115 million copies worldwide, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Mario Kart Image source: Nintendo.
  7. 7. Recent series release Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has become the fastest-selling game in franchise history, and it’s also helping to drive sales of the Switch console. Image source: Nintendo.
  8. 8. Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise has been going strong since 1986 and has sold over 75 million copies worldwide. Recent research from Google also shows that it is the most popular video game series with teenagers. Image source: Nintendo. The Legend of Zelda
  9. 9. The series’ most recent release, Breath of the Wild, has been a tremendous commercial and critical success, and Nintendo recently announced that it is bringing the franchise to mobile. Image source: Nintendo.
  10. 10. Super Mario Nintendo’s massively popular Super Mario platforming game series made its debut in 1985 and has sold over 300 million copies. The character has also made a successful transition to mobile, with 2016 release Super Mario Run having been downloaded 150 million times. Image source: Nintendo.
  11. 11. Super Mario Odyssey will release on the Switch later this year and is likely to be another sales driver for the red-hot gaming platform. Image source: Nintendo.
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