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
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
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.