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The point of this thread is to do a long term analysis of Nintendo’s Rule of Two Era (Handheld and Home Console) vs. this new Unified Era we are living in to see if unifying the teams has produced more or less profit for the company.

I’ll update this each year so we can see how the averages change for this new period. Let the multi-year fun begin!

The average for the Unified Era skyrocketed when I put in the 2019 numbers, so it will probably be beating the Rule of Two era, by quite a bit, when we get the 2020 Annual Report. I predict by the 6th year of the Switch they will have left the Rule of Two era in the dust, but I look forward to finding out for sure if my prediction comes true.

 

Year

Operating Income

2002 - 2016 Avg.

2017-2019 Avg.

2002

$899,000,000.00

$1,478,333,333.33

$1,401,666,666.67

2003

$835,000,000.00

2004

$1,050,000,000.00

2005

$1,060,000,000.00

2006

$780,000,000.00

2007

$1,915,000,000.00

2008

$4,872,000,000.00

2009

$5,665,000,000.00

2010

$3,834,000,000.00

2011

$2,061,000,000.00

2012

-$455,000,000.00

2013

-$387,000,000.00

2014

-$450,000,000.00

2015

$206,000,000.00

2016

$290,000,000.00

2017

$261,000,000.00

2018

$1,674,000,000.00

2019

$2,270,000,000.00

Operating Income = Profit - Operating Expenses

*Currency exchanges helped and hurt years, hopefully averaging things out.

*Finding data prior to 2002 apparently is really hard, especially in English. If you find some links please let me know.