Thanks for the breakdown. Yea I'm not confident it will even reach 1 million LTD with the sales it had at launch. Really don't see it being a profitable venture for them given the lackluster response and the heavily critical reception it has faced. aeriously doubt we will be seeing another Star Fox game anytime soon.
People on GAF and elsewhere tend to clamor for new titles of dormant IP. "Why don't we get a Metroid sequel? Why don't we get a F-Zero sequel? Why don't we get a proper Star Fox sequel?"
But they tend to forget that companies like Nintendo are run strictly as a business. When they lose money on a video game they shelve the IP. I guarantee you that Metroid: Other M and F-Zero GX lost money for Nintendo...so there's no chance of a sequel (Retro Studios is working on a new IP).
And their decision makes sense----if you lose money on this title, the next title might lose money as well. So why bother assuming a significant amount of risk when you could re-allocate the staff onto projects that have a better chance of making money? Ignoring the opportunity cost you would be incurring is what ran companies like THQ and Acclaim right into the ground.
And now that Iwata is dead and Kimishima has taken the reigns, this will increasingly become the status quo. Iwata would occasionally green-light passion projects, but Mr. Kimishima worked at Sanwa Bank for 27 years...and he's all about profit margins and improving the financial health of the company.