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    Nintendo’s profit rises despite shortages of computer chips

    TOKYO (AP) – Nintendo’s profit in the April-June quarter rose 28 per cent from a year earlier on healthy demand for its games, although its console sales were dented by a shortage of semiconductors.

    The Japanese video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises said yesterday its profit in the last quarter totalled JPY118.9 billion, up from JPY92.7 billion in the same period in 2021.

    Quarterly sales fell 4.7 per cent to JPY307.4 billion, according to Kyoto-based Nintendo Co.

    Other game makers, such as Sony Group Corp, automakers like Toyota Motor Corp and other manufacturers have been hurt by shortfalls in supplies of the chips that run most modern products.

    While those supply chain disruptions are largely due to the pandemic, game companies got a big boost in demand from COVID-19, which had people stuck at home and turning to games for entertainment. As pandemic precautions ease, that spike in sales is wearing off.

    A traveller walks past an advertisement featuring a Nintendo character at Narita Airport. PHOTO: AP

    Hit games have also driven console sales, such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Among the games that were released and did well during the last quarter were Nintendo Switch Sports, which sold 4.84 million units, and Mario Strikers: Battle League.

    Previously released games with strong sales included Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Sales were also strong for downloaded digital games.

    Nintendo sold 22 per cent fewer Switch consoles during the latest quarter, at 3.4 million units, compared to the same period last year. Cumulative sales topped 111.08 million units.

    The company expects to sell 21 million Switch machines for the fiscal year. More than 100 million users played the Switch over the last year, according to Nintendo.

    The company kept its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March 2023 unchanged at JPY340 billion.

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