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Nintendo Posts Operating Loss, Announces New Pokemon

on Wednesday, May. 7th

There are a lot of sad Miis in Nintendoland today.

Japanese game maker Nintendo announced a $456 million (46.4 billion yen) operating loss for their fiscal year today. Much of the hurt came from missing their own hardware sales estimates of 2.8 million WiiU consoles and 13.5 million 3DS handhelds. Actual numbers 2.72 million and 12.24 million, respectively.

This is grim news for Nintendo, which in recent weeks has been telegraphing some kind of nebulous move into non-gaming markets. Given that Nintendo is still how some people think you pronounce “video game,” that’s going to be a tricky transition.

There is one bit of good news for Nintendo fans today: the company has announced a 3DS remake of the classic Pokémon games Ruby and Sapphire for later this year. Dubbed Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, the 3DS games are on target for hitting stores November.

Pokémon helped sell a lot of those 3DS units in the sales numbers, and Nintendo has to be hoping that Pikachu and friends have what it takes to keep them alive for a while longer.

(The full financial statement.)

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