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The Nintendo Wii standing tall  (Source: NOA)
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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The Big 'N' for the Win
By phatboye on 7/27/2007 9:39:02 AM , Rating: 2
I predicted great success for the Wii way before its release due to its relatively low cost of ownership compared to the competitors, but wow, who would have every thought The Big 'N' would do this great.

I don't the other two took Nintendo seriously enough but hopefully this will knock some sense into them, LOWER YOUR DAMN PRICES NOW MS AND SONY OR CONTINUE TO BE DOMINATED BY THE WII.

P.S. ...and no Sony that temporary joke of a price drop for the PS3 isn't enough.




RE: The Big 'N' for the Win
By tfranzese on 7/27/2007 12:32:18 PM , Rating: 1
I'd say your prediciton was wrong. Nintendo isn't selling so well because of the low price alone, but more importantly because of their broadened audience which you seem to heavily disregard. Price helps, but considering you can get an 360 for little more (talking casuals here) I think you're missing the mark. I also feel that the Wii's control scheme helps it's sales as it's very appealing and has a lot of great potential.


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