As they say, all good things come to an end. Nintendo has posted its first annual loss since 1981.
The maker of Mario and Zelda games in January telegraphed that it would post steep declines in sales and a substantial loss for the year ended March 31. Thursday’s results were roughly in line with its grim forecasts, as both sales and losses came in slightly lower than expected.
The Kyoto company, which manufactures the Wii and DS game consoles, recorded a $534.6-million loss on $8 billion in revenue, compared with a $960.5-million profit on $12.6 billion in sales the year before. On Jan. 26, Nintendo warned investors that it would likely post a $804.3-million loss on $8.2 billion in sales.
Will the WiiU be able to turn the tide? I, for one, am doubtful.