Nintendo income rises a massive 483pc but full-year forecast halved

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Mario Kart 8 was Nintendo's best selling game on the Wii. (Source: Getty)

The figures

For the nine months ended 31 December, Nintendo smashed last year’s net income figures with a super 483.7 per cent rise to 59bn yen.
The withering of the Japanese currency has powered up Nintendo, which has now boosted its full-year net income forecast to 30bn yen from 20bn yen.
In the third quarter Nintendo sold 1.59m Wii U consoles and 53.04m 3DS portables, contributing to an operating profit of 31.4bn yen.
New Pokemon Omega and Super Smash Bros drove sales for the 3DS, with 9.35m and 6.19m units sold respectively. On the Wii, Mario Kart 8 proved to be the biggest hit with 4.77m sales.
Yet net sales actually fell 11.3 per cent, down from 499bn yen in 2013 to 443bn yen in 2014.
Nintendo has now decreased its expected net sales for the year to 550bn from a previous estimate 590bn yen. Estimates for operating profit for the year have also been slashed in half from 40bn yen to 20bn yen.

Why it’s interesting

Nintendo is struggling far more than you might expect after seeing some of those stratospheric top-line figures, thanks to a weak yen which is now valued at 117 per dollar, compared to 102 per dollar as recently as last August.
Of real concern will be Nintendo’s own weak performance in traditional stronghold Japan, where quarter-on-quarter sales of the 3DS dropped from 422m to 281m.

What Nintendo said

Based on the sales performance for the nine months ended December 31, 2014 and afterwards, net sales and operating income are expected to be lower than our original forecasts.

In short

Overall a strong set of results for Nintendo, but investors will be wary of some concerning underlying trends in its performance at home.

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