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Sony Financial Results for April-June 2009 (Fiscal Q1 2009)


Full results here

Overall, company-wide (mostly non-gaming) results were bad. Compared with the same quarter last year, revenue was down 19.2%, and the company went from generating a ¥73.4 billion yen operating profit to a ¥25.7 billion yen operating loss.

For the gaming results, the first thing you notice is they reorganized the company’s divisions and gaming is no longer a separate division and is much harder to separate out.

Category April-June 2008 (millions) April-June 2009 (millions) Year over Year Change
PS2 HW 1.5 1.6 6.67%
PSP HW 3.7 1.3 -64.86%
PS3 HW 1.6 1.1 -31.25%
PS2 SW 19.3 8.5 -55.96%
PSP SW 11.8 8.3 -29.66%
PS3 SW 22.8 14.8 -35.09%
  • Whole world economy is down. It is fair to judge Sony’s performance relative to other consumer electronics and game makers.
  • April-June of 2008 was a hot quarter for software PS3 had several of their biggest-ever games ship in that quarter: GTA 4, GT5 Prologue, and Metal Gear Solid 4. For April-June 2009, they shipped Infamous and had a few OK cross-platform titles (Prototype, Red Faction, UFC) but clearly April-June 2008 was an unusually hot quarter for software by any standard.
  • Japanese currency has appreciated, the dog ate my homework, etc. Seriously, an appreciated currency is bad Japanese export makers like Sony, but great for Japanese consumers. Still, if the company was selling more units rather than fewer units, they wouldn’t have to dwell on these things.
  • Results are still disappointing. Even with all the above qualifiers, these results are still disappointing. Sony shipped the best games for the first half of 2009, and it doesn’t seem to have much of an impact. These results aren’t disastorous, but they are disappointing.
Published on July 30th, 2009 under , , , , , , , ,

Economy Training DS game in development by Nintendo and Nikkei Inc


Economy Training DS screenshotNintendo has announced an Economy Training DS game (AKA Real Estate Broker DS) as the latest title in their “Touch Generations” series of casual titles aimed at learning, teaching, helping and stimulating the brain.

Like the other titles Nintendo has made, such as Brain Age 1, Brain Age 2, Flash Focus and others, the game will help players learn the basics of the economy, how the economy works, and help to familiarize players with keywords that are used in economic talk. This will be done, in part, through the use of a series of touch-screen based quizzes, much like My SAT Coach.

Economy Training DS (working title) is being created by Nintendo themselves in conjunction with Nikkei Inc., Japan’s stock market exchange.

I think that this is an outstanding idea, especially because most normal people don’t understand even the very basics of the economy. I know I don’t, and I mastered my Economics class in high school. And with the economic downturn being worldwide, I wonder how long it’ll take for Nintendo to release this title outside of Japan.


Published on November 13th, 2008 under , , , , , , ,

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