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Tech & Science Nintendo's second-quarter profit doubles as Switch Lite delivers boost

17:45  31 october  2019
17:45  31 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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TOKYO/OSAKA (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd' s (T:7974) second - quarter operating profit more than doubled , blowing past analyst estimates, on strong demand for its Switch console. The Switch Lite launch is part of the Kyoto-based firm' s drive to expand the device' s appeal beyond hardcore gamers

Nintendo Co. reported fiscal second - quarter profit that beat analyst estimates helped by the boost to software sales from the introduction of the Switch Lite model. Operating income rose to 66.8 billion yen (5 million) in the three months ended September, the Kyoto-based company said in a statement

a man standing in front of a crowd: FILE PHOTO: A display for the gaming company Nintendo is shown during opening day of E3 in Los Angeles © Reuters/Mike Blake FILE PHOTO: A display for the gaming company Nintendo is shown during opening day of E3 in Los Angeles

By Sam Nussey and Noriyuki Hirata

TOKYO/OSAKA (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd's <7974.T> second-quarter operating profit more than doubled, blowing past analyst estimates, on strong demand for its Switch console.

Nintendo sold 4.98 million units of its hybrid home-portable Switch device in the six months to September and 1.95 million handheld-only Switch Lite units that went on sale in September.

It would be "premature" to raise Nintendo's full-year hardware sales forecast for Switch from 18 million units, CEO Shuntaro Furukawa told reporters in Osaka.

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Nintendo Co Ltd' s second - quarter operating profit more than doubled , blowing past analyst estimates, on strong demand for its Switch console. Nintendo sold 4.98 million units of its hybrid home-portable Switch device in the six months to September and 1.95 million handheld-only Switch Lite

Learn about Nintendo Switch Lite , part of the Nintendo Switch family of gaming systems. Dedicated to handheld play, Nintendo Switch Lite is perfect for gamers on the move.

The Switch Lite launch is part of the Kyoto-based firm's drive to expand the device's appeal beyond hardcore gamers, with the arrival of two Pokemon titles next month expected to drive demand for the low-cost version of the device.

Nintendo, which drew in millions of casual players with the its Wii Fit game and balance board gadget 12 years ago, faces ever more competition from smartphone apps to video streaming.

This month, Nintendo launched Ring Fit Adventure, a title which, using the Switch's sensor-packed controllers and the bundled springy plastic Ring-Con, allows players to explore a fantasy world through actions like jogging and jumping.

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Nintendo ’ s third- quarter earnings are out, and they reveal that the company sold 4.8 million Switch consoles between July and September, a year-on-year increase of just over 50 percent. This quarter saw the release of the Switch Lite , a new handheld-only version of the console that can’t dock to a

Nintendo ’ s operating profit saw a massive jump during its second quarter as Switch sales Switch sales should continue to deliver for Nintendo . Nintendo has a lot of experience at keeping up And Nintendo ’ s operating profits should continue to climb as its future Switch revisions make the device

Nintendo brought one of its marquee franchises, Mario Kart, to mobile in September, with the title downloaded over 120 million times in its first month, outstripping other mobile releases from the gaming company over a comparable period.

With revenue at $0.26 per player for the Mario Kart title, according to data from Sensor Tower, far behind Dragalia Lost's $16.50 per player, Nintendo is yet to demonstrate the saturated mobile market can become a substantial revenue driver.

Furukawa declined to say when the game's multiplayer option, which is currently greyed-out in-game and has been a focus for player complaints, would be activated.

Nintendo's operating profit for the July-September quarter was 66.8 billion yen ($615 million) versus 30.9 billion yen a year earlier. That was well above an average forecast of 50 billion yen from 10 analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv.

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This Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition features stylish cyan and magenta buttons and illustrations of the two new Legendary Pokémon, Zacian and Zamazenta, from the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games. Nintendo Switch Lite is a compact, lightweight

Nintendo reported fiscal second - quarter profit that beat analyst estimates helped by the introduction of the Switch Lite model. Nintendo ' s (TYO:7974) net sales and operating profit saw a big jump this quarter compared to the same period last year thanks to brisk sales of the Switch Lite .

The company's shares closed up 0.3% on Thursday ahead of earnings. The stock has risen 32% this year although that upwards trajectory has stalled in recent months.

Nintendo has struggled to replicate the runaway success of mobile title Pokemon Go, developed by San Francisco-based Niantic, which has, three years after it launched, generated more than $3 billion in revenues, according to Sensor Tower.

The commercialization of Pokemon, which spans games, toys, and TV, contrasts with Nintendo's often conservative use of characters like Mario.

However, the gaming company is taking inspiration from the string of Pokemon Center retail stores with the launch of a Nintendo-themed store in Tokyo's Shibuya district next month.

(Reporting by Sam Nussey in Tokyo and Noriyuki Hirata in Osaka; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Jason Neely)

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