Nintendo Surges After Returning to Profit on Yen, Splatoon Game

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nintendo Ekes Out $9M Profit As Wii U Sales Cross 10M To Date.

Nintendo just released a fairly run-of-the-mill earnings report for its first fiscal quarter, about which I found absolutely nothing at all to be surprising or alarming. TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen, but did not announce a new president to lead the company after the death this month of Satoru Iwata.Nintendo returned a profit over its April to June quarter in part thanks to a super-popular shoot-em-up online game in which players squirt ink to claim rivals’ territory.

It’s earnings day at Nintendo, and the Japanese company surprised watchers by eking out an unexpected, albeit meagre, $8.9 million profit for its most recent quarter of business.May to June are not the months in which a video game company’s fortunes are won or lost but it’s still good news for Nintendo anyway, as they managed to do better than most market analysts thought they would.The Kyoto-based videogame powerhouse is trying to prop up its business, traditionally centered around console-based videogames, and meet the challenge from free-to-play games available on iPhones and Android devices.

The Internet at large does not seem to agree, for if you do a Google News search you will find many, many recent stories about Nintendo’s upcoming The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. Quarterly sales at Nintendo Co., the Japanese video-game maker of the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, rose 20 percent to 90.2 billion yen ($729 million). Nintendo sold less than half a million Wii U consoles these past three months, but, nevertheless, that was enough to push the near-three-year-old device’s total sales to date past the 10 million mark. Sony notched that very figure for the PlayStation 4 in just nine months, which shows the gulf between Nintendo, a beloved company among the gaming community, and the leaders in the consumer console space. In a nutshell: Nintendo, as it has done every quarter without fail for several years, included a list of game software titles that it plans to launch in the future.

That said, considering its slow sales, Nintendo gamers sure are loyal customers — the average Wii U owner has six games and collectively they purchased over 4.5 million titles for the Wii U in the last quarter. For the first three months of its fiscal year, Nintendo reported net income of ¥8.3 billion ($67.2 million), beating market expectations for a slight loss. Iwata, president from 2002, was a highly visible spokesman for Nintendo, and many in the game industry mourned the 55-year-old’s death, which followed a long illness.

Nintendo, which earlier struck a historic agreement with DeNA to produce mobile games, is sticking to its guns and its original $400 million profit forecast for this financial year. Given the modest start from this quarter and the fact that its mobile games aren’t likely to drop until sometime in 2016, it’s hard to see the company realizing its projection with nothing major in the new release pipeline. Other factors for the company’s success last quarter include strong sales of its Amiibo interactive figurines — the company has sold 14.7 million units since their introduction in the middle of last year — and the depreciation of the yen, which contributed foreign exchange gains totaling 10.8 billion yen.

There was no mention of the Wii U’s eventual replacement, currently codenamed NX, but the company did briefly refer to its mobile plans, which are due to start later this year. ‘We expect to secure a new source of revenue from a gaming application for smart devices, which will be released by the end of this calendar year,’ read the statement. And indeed, we know that this is true since Nintendo held off on talking about Zelda at E3 entirely and that it did not ever say the words “2016” or “next year” or anything when it delayed Zelda out of 2015, earlier this year. The company recently announced it’s working on smartphone games; it’s also developing a new console codenamed “NX.” All this comes after the recent death of company president Satoru Iwata and speculation on his successor. Especially now that they’re finally ready to release the standalone amiibo reader for the non-New 3DS family of consoles, with the peripheral due to launch alongside Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on October 2. Nintendo’s other representative director is Shigeru Miyamoto, the 62-year-old father of many popular game characters, including Donkey Kong and Mario.

Nintendo could, of course, delay Zelda into 2017, move it to the upcoming NX console, turn it into a Facebook farming simulator, or whatever it wants. A Square Enix Co. game creator said Tuesday at a news conference that the company plans to release its blockbuster role-playing game Dragon Quest for NX.

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