Nintendo losing money on every 3DS sold

Ben Parfitt
Nintendo losing money on every 3DS sold

A report from Bloomberg Japan translated by Andriasang claims that Nintendo will lose money on every 3DS it sells once yesterday’s price cut is introduced.

Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata justified this strategy at a Japanese press conference by saying that “such major moves were necessary in order to improve fiscal performance next year and beyond”.

Selling hardware at a loss is anything but new in the games industry, with both Sony and Microsoft employing the tactic in an effort to gain market traction.

In Microsoft’s case it has been a notable success, with years of loss making at its Xbox division finally now delivering the goods, having transformed itself into a profit making business.

But for Nintendo this is a very rare occurrence, with the company having succeeded in making a profit off every unit sold for many years now.


Tags: 3ds , unit , profit , loss , price cut

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who is making any money out of the 3DS. Nintendo charge £207 incl VAT for us to buy their systems and most of retail is selling it for between £169 and £200 so how can anyone be making any money

Simon Gough

Simon Gough INDUSTRY
Jul 29th 2011 at 2:56PM

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