“Pokemon” give nintendo profit in christmas quarter

With the help of the popular "pokemon" monsters, nintendo has made a significant profit in the christmas business. The japanese games specialist earned a total of 64.67 billion yen (a good 532 million euros), more than twice as much as in the previous year.

Meanwhile, sales fell by one fifth to just over 174 billion yen. The fresh game versions "pokemon sun" and "pokemon moon" for nintendo’s mobile console 3DS have been purchased 14.7 million times, nintendo announced. This also boosted sales of the 3DS console, of which around 3.74 million units were purchased. Also

The 3DS is struggling with smartphone competition. Nintendo is therefore now trying to gain a foothold in the smartphone games market itself. The company’s first game, super mario run, was downloaded 40 million times in the first four days and more than 78 million times in total, it said. More than 5 percent of the users had the price of ten dollars or. Euro paid to unlock the full game.

This is slightly better than the usual percentage of paying users for free-to-play online games and should have earned nintendo several tens of millions. The share is all the more remarkable because nintendo went to market with an unusually high price for the game in the hope of attracting the super mario figure. Nintendo boss tatsumi kimishima, however, is aiming for a double-digit percentage share of paying "mario" players.

Only 200,000 units of the sluggish wii U console were sold at christmas. In march, nintendo launches the successor model switch, which can be used to play games both at home and on the move.

In its forecast for the fiscal year still running until the end of march, nintendo lowered its expectations for operating profit from 30 billion yen to 20 billion yen (just under 165 million euros) after the christmas quarter. At the same time, however, thanks in part to the current weakness of the yen, nintendo expects a net profit of 90 billion yen (740 million euros) instead of the previously expected 50 billion yen.

This meant that nintendo still ended the current quarter with a loss: after the first nine months, the books showed a profit of 103 billion yen. Overall, the annual figures are boosted by an exceptional gain of over 60 billion yen (around 500 million euros) from the sale of a stake in the seattle mariners baseball team last summer.


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