3DS games push Namco Bandai to profitability

Nintendo's new handheld accounts for publisher's three best-selling games of first fiscal quarter; One Piece, Tales of the Abyss top sellers as Namco pockets $42.1 million.

Nintendo is slashing the price of its new 3DS system later this month due to underwhelming sales, but the handheld hasn't been completely devoid of success stories. Namco Bandai today released its financial results for the April-June quarter, and the company revealed its three best-selling games for the period all came from the 3DS library.

Tales of the Abyss was one of Namco's standout 3DS sales performers.

Topping the publisher's list was the anime-inspired One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP, with 170,000 copies sold. The 3DS remake of Tales of the Abyss was the next best performing game for the publisher, selling 150,000 units. Both of those games have yet to be released outside of Japan. The company's third best seller, Ridge Racer 3DS, has been released globally and managed to move 90,000 copies during the quarter.

Those games were just one piece of the publisher's positive earnings report, as nearly all of the publisher's divisions posted improved sales over the same period the year before. Overall revenues were up nearly 108 percent to ¥88.24 billion ($1.1 billion), while the publisher turned its previous first fiscal quarter's loss of ¥1.64 billion ($21.2 million) into a ¥3.25 billion ($42.1) net profit.

In breaking down the publisher's business by geography, it becomes clear how significantly Namco Bandai relies on its Japanese consumer base. The company's Japanese business posted an operating profit of ¥8.29 billion ($107.4 million) for the quarter, compared to operating losses in Europe and the Americas of ¥581 million ($7.5 million) and ¥1.34 billion ($17.4 million), respectively.

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gemstone83x
gemstone83x

Glad to hear the faith is picking up. I had never heard of Tales Of Symphonia 2, got it on a whim after a search and that led to me buying Tales Of Abyss 3DS just recently and I love it. Also I really, really loved ToS2, Emil was a really sweet kid I thought, and that game kept me guessing and discussing the storyline with my significant other most of the way through, sadly with ToA I haven't had as much of the same mystery enjoyment factor. Anyway I'm about 17hrs into ToA and its going from strength to strength and is great value for money at an average 70+hr play.

++ Bring RUNE FACTORY 4 TO THE UK, PLLLLEASSSE!! (Rune Factory 3 is my favourite game of all DS time, with Bowsers Inside Story close, and Zelda Phantom Hourglass waaay up there too).

Slash_out
Slash_out

Their last rpg here was Dawn of the new world in late 2008. They deserve loosing money in our continent. Bring us more RPGs and then you'll get our money...

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

how bout some xenosaga episode 4???????? if namco bandai and nintendo joined forces to make monolith as 100% then maybe....

sknight175216
sknight175216

They never release all the good RPGs to America and it pisses me off. I'm about to loose faith in Nintendo and end up a straight PC gamer. But I love Nintendo so I keep trying to give them a chance...

AQWBlaZer91
AQWBlaZer91

Namco seems to be making a good profit.

soulless4now
soulless4now

At least Namco Bandai is making a profit off of the 3DS and I hope it's that way when they release ToA stateside so it'll encourage them to keep bringing more "Tales of" games to the West.

franzito
franzito

Well, they aim for profits, nothing more natural then getting it!

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

If the 3DS get more RPGs I'm definitely getting one when the price drops.

ggregd
ggregd

Here's a thought - Ultima games for 3DS. X-Com for 3DS. The original Fallout games for 3DS. They seem to focus on remaking only console games when there are a wealth of GREAT old PC games that could be ported to handhelds. Who wants to get rich?

zenverak
zenverak

I don't care who develops what for the 3ds, as long as a few more higher level games are made for it. There were TONS of great games for the DS, but I would love to see a few more higher quality ones.

raptures330
raptures330

I want Tales. Pretty much the only reason I am still considering the purchase of a 3DS.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Good for Namco-Bandai. More 3rd-party developers need to jump on the bandwagon and develop some mature games. I get the feeling you won't be seeing a lot of Party-Babyz on the 3DS, Nintendo doesn't want the thing to get the Wii syndrome.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Well one of these games was a port of a last-gen game, one of them heavily used content from previous games in the series and was the only decent racer released for the 3DS at launch, and the other one is probably a quick anime cash-in like most games based off of animes are. Not impressive.

packtop
packtop

@PartyOnGarth if they were localizing faster it would probably help sales too. I means if you take Tales series peoples are so often tired of waiting that they import the games from japan, Yes they still make the money but because of that it doesn't look well for the US or EU. I'm sure too you have also lot of peoples interested in the game but not interested in waiting 2-3 years before they can play this game in the US or EU and tired of waiting they forget about this game and go play something else etc.

packtop
packtop

@theJBlounge me right away and probably multiples copies since i would be so happy to see that. \Well as long it isn't only the same game as the ps1 version with 3D effect though.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Well it's starting to take off.That price cut ought to to some good too.

Triton
Triton

New game system, same old games. Really hope the price cut and some new creative games using the new tech will save this system. Stop with the re-makes already. Will hold out for upgrade until then. Maybe I'll catch the next price drop

King-gamer
King-gamer

While good news to Namco Bandai, this is an incredibly important step for the 3DS. Nintendo's platforms like the Wii has a reputation where third party games simply can't sell. It's important for Namco Bandai to profit from the 3DS because this will boost the confidence of other 3rd parties to support the system. Especially after that huge list of delayed and cancelled 3DS games.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Oooh they have profits! Yet they're still suing CD Project Red over something childish and they wouldn't be suing them if the game wasn't as successful, greedy m**********.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@daviniel this is the second time they are bringing it over. they already brought it over on the ps2 years ago and as usual they are double dipping with a port with some extra content for the japanese while nothing different for the na version as all the extra content was available in the na ps2 version.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Namco Bandai made money by bringing games based on popular series to the 3DS...... *the following quote is to be read with 10% sarcasm, and 90% "My original intent was not to sound sarcastic until I sad it aloud"* Why don't more companies try this instead of shoveling out crap games?

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

Reggie and friends need to convince 3rd parties that the 3DS is skewing to the 18+ crowd that grew up on N64/PS1 games. How many of you would buy a 3DS if Square announced a Final Fantasy VII-3D?

mdurrani
mdurrani

namco should bring tales of xillia state side

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

@TheBlackEclipse took the words right out of my mouth.

LordKaizer
LordKaizer

good for namco bandai. i hope this will encourage them to localize tales of xillia in english

calvinx6
calvinx6

A lot of people not going to like trhis.

TheBlackEclipse
TheBlackEclipse

I hope that this encourages other companies who are skeptical about developing and publishing games for the 3DS to start making games for it.

homegirl2180
homegirl2180

Just a few more months for Tales of the Abyss.... Hopefully.

motang
motang

Glad to see someone making money, and Ridge Racer 3D is a fun game, picked it up last week.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Well, at least we (US) got one of those three. Just wish it was TotA.

Wakkawipeout
Wakkawipeout

Well at least the 3DS is proving profitable for one publisher. Good for you Namco Bandai.

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

Good to hear :D But, I was kind of hoping it would be the other way around, you know? :(

SonicNextGen2
SonicNextGen2

@buft: Tales of the Abyss 3DS is coming to Europe on November 10th, 2011

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

awesome to hear that one piece is doing well go bandai now localize it

Kluesey
Kluesey

Later this month? It drops August 12

PartyOnGarth
PartyOnGarth

With fiscal losses in the US, it's no wonder we get so few Tales games over here. That's unfortunate, I guess not too many people give the games a chance outside of the core RPG crowd. Maybe that's why this generation has been so lacking in that department in general compared to the PSX/2 era which turned out more excellent RPGs than you could play in a lifetime.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

W00t! Do it big Namco! ;) You watchin', Capcom? You could stand to take a couple of notes considering how lousy your earnings have been lately....just sayin'.

moviequest14
moviequest14

Personally not a big fan of foreign games,but they are still good.Glad to see some some success with the 3ds,maybe this will encourage other publishers to turn to the 3ds as more than just an interesting eye trick.

jecht_35
jecht_35

I know tales is comeing but I want that One piece game but I know It'll never happen stupid namco you hurt me so oh well two out of three ain't bad.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

@daviniel: They are bringing it here.

Oni
Oni

@TehReaper Looking forward to Tales of the Abyss on 3DS this fall. ;)

daviniel
daviniel

I wouldve bought Tales of the Abyss day one if they brought it here...

TehReaper
TehReaper

If those came out here, I'd want to buy a 3DS. I know they won't though =(

JoePiervincenti
JoePiervincenti

Can't wait for Tales of the Abyss to be released in North America!

renji4eva
renji4eva

thats great now they should localize those games for us

buft
buft

have either of their two best sellers been announced for Europe?