Tag Archive: nintendo

Switch Effect: Japan’s Console Market Went Up 14.8% In First 6 Months Of 2017

Japan’s biggest video game magazine Famitsu just released an update on the size and growth of Japan’s console market. According to Famitsu, the domestic market for video game hardware and software combined in the first half of 2017 reached US$1.35 billion (using today’s currency rates). Here are the details for the time frame (December 26, 2016…

The Pokemon Company’s Net Profit Jumps 26x To US$143 Million Last Year

As a private company, there is no need for The Pokemon Company to disclose financials every quarter – or to ever discuss any of their numbers publicly. In Japan, however, a lot of private companies that are structured in a certain way communicate some financials (not all) in the “Kanpo”, the official government gazette, at regular…

Report: Size Of Japan’s Console Gaming Market Drops To $2.6 Billion In 2016

Today, Japan’s biggest video game magazine Famitsu published (JP) new stats showing that the country’s market for console gaming continues to shrink. According to Famitsu, the combined sales in Japan for video game hard- and software amounted to US$2.59 billion between December 28, 2015 and December 25, 2016. This compares to US$2.77 billion a year prior (or a minus…

Sony’s Mobile Gaming Plans: Solid, But (Probably) Not Enough

At a press conference in Tokyo today, Sony (6758) detailed its next attempt to move into the mobile gaming business. The big idea this time is to turn existing PlayStation IP into smartphone games, via a wholly owned subsidiary called Forwardworks. In my view, the 10 titles shown today can be grouped in 3 categories. Category 1…

My Own Prediction Of Super Mario Run Downloads? 1.5 Billion (Note: It’s a Free App)

As everybody reading this text will know by now, Nintendo (7974) announced Super Mario Run for iOS earlier this week. Co-developed with partner DeNA (2432), the app is supposed to go live this December. Estimate Of Future Number Of Total Super Mario Run Downloads As Nintendo’s first actual game for smart devices, I expect Super Mario Run to do…

Nintendo Partner And Pokemon Go Developer Niantic Labs Opens Japan Office

US-based Niantic Labs, the Google spin-off that Nintendo (7974), The Pokemon Company and Google itself invested US$20 million in back in October, now has a presence in Japan. The company made it into the headlines in the gaming world in September as Nintendo’s chosen partner for the co-development of Pokemon Go, a GPS-based mobile game using augmented…

Why Pokemon GO Is Big News For Nintendo

Nintendo (7974) gave a loud answer today to many people in the investor community and elsewhere who were skeptical about the company’s plans to enter the mobile market. I will not go into details of the announcement of Pokemon GO, as a lot of English-language websites already covered the news (see Venturebeat’s summary of the announcement…

Three Podcasts (With Me) About Social Gaming In Japan, Nintendo On Mobile, And LINE

A total of three times in the past I was given the opportunity by Singapore-based mover and shaker Bernard Leong to speak with him about various tech-related topics in his podcast series “Analyse Asia”. As the name suggests, the focus of the interviews is on the Asian region, and I myself mainly spoke about the…