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Nintendo's Profits Slide 52 Percent as Wii Fades

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:27 AM | Thursday, October 29, 2009 | (url: http://www.pcmag....)

Nintendo Co Ltd reported a 52 percent slide in quarterly profit on Thursday and slashed its full-year earnings forecast, as its Wii console loses its place as the videogame platform to beat.

Demand for Nintendo's family-friendly games has cooled as rivals Sony Corp and Microsoft Corp bolster their catalog of games that appeal to die-hard players.

Nintendo's portable game machine, the DS, also faces increasing competition from Apple Inc's iPhone, which has become a popular platform for handheld games. And like other Japanese exporters, Nintendo has been hit by the stronger yen, which eats into the value of overseas profits.

The group slashed its annual sales forecast for the Wii by nearly a quarter and in an attempt to reignite demand said it would roll out a large-screen version of the DS.

But that falls short of being a real product advance, said Hiroshi Kamide, an analyst at KBC Securities in Tokyo.

"A lot of what they're doing seems to be old hat, and therefore what we need to hear is more information about their ideas going forward," he said.

"There is still life in the current platforms with the content they can generate themselves, but there is a need for the company to demonstrate that there are new products."

Nintendo's operating profit fell to 64 billion yen ($709 million) in July-September from 133 billion a year earlier, missing an average forecast of 90 billion in a poll of four analysts by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Reuters calculated the quarterly figure by subtracting Nintendo's first-quarter results from the first-half figures released on Thursday.