Nintendo Losing More Money Than Expected

For the most recent quarter ending in June, Nintendo showed a 5.1 billion yen ($49 million) loss. According to Reuters, analysts were predicting a 4 billion yen loss. But don’t worry. There’s hope.

Nintendo showed a group net loss of ¥24.53 billion ($232.1 million) for the quarter, Kyodo reports (via The Japan Times, where I am a columnist.)

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This comes as investors were confused over how Pokémon Go will benefit Nintendo, causing stock prices to plummet.

Nintendo, who does seventy percent of its business outside of Japan, blamed the larger than expected loss on the strong yen. Sluggish hardware sales didn’t help, either.

During the same period last year, however, Nintendo netted a 1.15 billion yen profit, Reuters adds.

For the rest of the financial year, Nintendo forecasts its operating profit to climb 37 percent. More optimistically, Pokémon Go has shown huge potential for other Nintendo smart apps, and there’s also the NX around the corner.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.