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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Nintendo's quarterly profit, sales plunge

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Nintendo's quarterly profit, sales plunge

"Japan's Nintendo Co. Ltd. reported a 78.5 percent decline in quarterly operating profit on Thursday as a greater proportion of its sales came from low-margin game machines and as development costs rose, but it kept its forecast for a full-year profit increase of 3.1 percent.

Nintendo, known for software titles featuring characters such as Mario, Donkey Kong and Pokemon, is enjoying strong sales of its DS portable game machine, launched late last year, but sold 60 percent fewer GameCube consoles compared with a year earlier.

The company was also hurt during the quarter by a lack of new big software titles. Most of its widely anticipated games such as a new "Legend of Zelda" for GameCube and "Pokemon Diamond/Pearl" for DS in Japan are expected to launch in the second half.

"I think the results came in pretty much as expected," said Yuta Sakurai, senior analyst for Nomura Securities.

"This is a seasonally volatile industry and Nintendo's biggest games will come later in the year. They didn't change their full-year forecast, so I'm not worried," he said.

Nintendo's consolidated operating profit for the April-June first quarter fell to 3.75 billion yen ($33.35 million) from 17.47 billion yen a year earlier.

Last year's results were boosted by strong demand for GameBoy Advance software and GameCube consoles.

Total quarterly sales fell 14 percent to 70.7 billion yen." [more]

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