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Videogame maker Nintendo is now bigger than Honda Motor Company

The runaway successes of Nintendo, with its latest home console and handheld systems, have boosted the videogame maker to become Japan’s fifth largest company by market value.

Nintendo’s market value stood on Thursday at 8.69 trillion yen ($72 billion), making it bigger than even the NTT telephone company and Honda Motor, according to Reuters.

In late June, Nintendo overtook Sony in market share as the company became one of the 10 most valuable companies in Japan.

Upon the report of the company’s earnings on Wednesday, stock of Nintendo rose 3.5 percent, followed on Thursday by another 8.1 percent climb to 614,000 yen.

Both the Nintendo Wii and DS Lite remain hot sellers despite the length of time since launch. NPD Group numbers that track the sales of all videogame consoles consistently show both Nintendo products at the top of the charts.

Last month, the Nintendo DS was the highest selling videogames machine with 561,900 units sold. The Wii followed closely behind with 381,800 units, making it the best-selling home console for the month.

With no dip in demand in sight, Nintendo is boosting its sales forecasts for the current business year. It intends to sell 16.5 million Wii consoles this year, while also moving 26 million DS Lite units. Both numbers represent an 18 percent boost over previous expectations.

Nintendo also raised its operating profit forecast by 37 percent to 370 billion yen ($3.1 billion) for the fiscal year.

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By StillPimpin on 7/27/2007 9:38:46 AM , Rating: 4
Nindendo is #5, great! But who's 1-4?

RE: Hm...
By webdawg77 on 7/27/2007 9:48:50 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure that Toyota is one of those. I wouldn't be surprised if Mitsubishi or Tokyo Denki was also up there.

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By MADAOO7 on 7/27/2007 12:23:11 PM , Rating: 1
Mitsubishi would definitely not be one of them. They have been on the verge of bankruptcy twice in the last few years due to poor automotive sales. You'd think Sony would be up there. Even with their Playstation division losing money, they are pretty well diversified across many electronic divisions that do make money.

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By Scrogneugneu on 7/27/2007 3:35:17 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, like the laptop batteries division.

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By animedude on 7/27/2007 1:48:30 PM , Rating: 2
Toyota is by far the largest Japanese company. Then followed by the 3 banking conglomerates: Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho, and Sumitomo Mitsui. What is interesting is that Nintendo was ranked #695 last year (according to forbes).

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By headbox on 7/29/2007 11:53:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'm shocked that they surpass Honda. It takes a lot of Wii and DS systems to equal the price of a car.

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By Oregonian2 on 7/30/2007 3:01:57 PM , Rating: 2
Remember that taking "size" by market cap isn't basing size on how big they are NOW. Market prices (and therefore marketcap) is based upon expectations of the future and why stocks (market cap) can drop even if their sales (real size) goes up significantly.

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