Konami has told investors it made 6.2 billion yen (£36m/$61m) net profit during the twelve months ended in March 2014.
That figure nevertheless represents a slower return on investment, as the profit during the same year prior was more than double at 13.2 billion yen.
Konami said Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes enjoyed “solid sales”, but didn’t specify the numbers.
Last year was Capcom’s least profitable year since 2006. The company’s been in financial doldrums for quite some time – but it looks like things are starting to pick up for the publisher. The company’s divulged its fiscal report ending March 31, 2014, and it’s actually making money.
The big earner for Capcom this time around is, unsurprisingly, Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS. Anything Monster Hunter brings in huge wads of cash for the company. It launched in Japan in September last year, and has sold 4.1m units, becoming Capcom’s sixth-best selling game ever.Monster Hunter 4 has yet to launch in the West.
It’s not the only one of Capcom’s games to have done well; the Dragon’s dogma series has seen “firm sales”, and expected sales for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies on the 3DS “were basically achieved” .
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has yet again explained why the Japanese video game giant has no plans to bring its tentpole franchise like Mario and Zelda to smartphones.
Though you might think bringing Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong or any of Nintendo’s many other beloved franchises to smartphones would be a lucrative move, Iwata said jumping into this market could jeopardize other parts of Nintendo’s business. He went on to say that sales from Nintendo-developed smartphone games, if it ever happened, “cannot be a pillar” for Nintendo.
In addition, Iwata says he has yet to see an example of a console game moving to smartphones and generating tens or hundreds of billions of yen over an extended period of time.