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Matt Matthews writes about the business of videogames -- this blog contains his personal opinions on the state of the market.
Nintendo's handheld hardware shipments have rebounded slightly, the first sustained turnaround in three years.
A quick summary of the changes for software at retail in the last 18 months. Bottom line: only Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One showed software growth in the first half of 2015.
In this second part of the 1Q15 update on digital revenue, I present the picture for the purely digital publishers. I also give the latest update on GameStop's digital figures.
In this post, I publish my initial results for a study of publicly available data on digital publishing in the video game industry.
During calendar 2014, Nintendo generated Ą27.1 billion from digital sales. At current exchange rates, that's over US$225 million, but the more important point is that this represents nearly 11% of the company's software revenue.
Back in 2009 and 2010, it looked like Nintendo had solid control of its handheld market. New models like the DSi then DSi XL and had helped fill the gap when the DS Lite faltered. Regrettably, the 3DS XL and 2DS have done little to buoy the 3DS platform.X
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[Blog - 01/30/2015 - 01:30]
[News - 07/30/2014 - 03:31]
Nintendo 's digital sales are ...
Nintendo 's digital sales are also down 12 from the same 3 month period last year: from 5.7 billion to 5.0 billion. Compare that to most other companies with a digital segment, and you can see just how hard they are struggling to survive in the new reality.
[Blog - 06/11/2014 - 12:15]
First, apologies in advance, for ...
First, apologies in advance, for I only skimmed for a sense of the article 's many points. r n- Nostalgia is poison. Avoid it as much as possible, and continue looking forward. r n- Because they require player interaction, games are particularly susceptible to changes in expectations. I can watch ...
[News - 06/11/2014 - 05:15]
The original Lara, by my ...
The original Lara, by my recollection, was simply an accomplished adventurer. There was no backstory -- she simply existed, was powerful, and no reasons needed to be given. r n r nMoreover, the first scene in which she appears has three characters: Lara, Jacqueline Natla, and Larson Conway. The man ...
[Blog - 05/07/2014 - 09:26]
[Blog - 01/30/2014 - 11:54]
The shipment data is directly ...
The shipment data is directly from Nintendo 's documents. r nhttp://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/earnings/index.html r n r nNintendo may have plenty of cash, but there is no question that they are in a weaker position than they were five years ago. They are no longer bringing in as much revenue, nor as much ...