Nintendo Records Unexpected Profit in Latest Quarter

Higher sales of Wii U console boosted Nintendo's financial performance

Improved sales of the Wii U helped results at the struggling video game maker

Nintendo beat expectations with a surprise profit of $224 million (¥24.2 billion) in the latest quarter as the weaker yen and stronger Wii U sales boosted the video game maker's bottom line, the company announced Wednesday. The company also reported a surprise profit for the first six months of its fiscal year, which starts in April.

A weaker Japanese currency helps boost the company's earnings when it sends money back from its overseas operations.

But despite a boost in operating profit to $86 million (¥9.3 billion) in the latest quarter, helped by the company's doubling the number of Wii U consoles it shifted compared to last year to 1.1 million, revenue fell due to the weak performance of the portable 3DS and software.

The success of racing game Mario Kart 8 in the last quarter was a major driver of growth.

A series of short films produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the Mario franchise, were shown at the Tokyo International Film Festival this week.

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Nintendo maintained its forecast for a full-year operating profit of $370 million (¥40 billion), but the Kyoto-based game giant is somewhat infamous for its overly optimistic predictions.

The figures for the latest quarter are calculated based on Nintendo's half-year results as the company doesn't release quarterly earnings.

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