Konami nearly doubles nine-month sales, profit

Metal Gear publisher rides Peace Walker, Pro Evo Soccer 11, Love Plus+ to $203 million profit on revenue of $2.3 billion; PES franchise tops 58.8 million.

Konami has performed solidly throughout the first half of its in-progress fiscal year, and that trend has continued into the back half. Today, the Japanese publisher issued a stellar nine-month report for April-December 2010 reporting period, announcing revenues of ¥188.3 billion ($2.3 billion), up 98.6 percent from a year prior. Profit saw near-equal percentage gains, spiking 96.6 percent to ¥16.54 billion ($203 million).

With this many Snakes, how could Konami go wrong?

Unfortunately, Konami offered little color on the individual games that lifted sales. As part of its digital entertainment business, Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker for the PSP was named as a sales leader, despite heavy piracy on the system. Other top games given the "strong sales" label by the publisher were Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 and romance sim Love Plus+, as well as mobile phone title Dragon Collection.

The games also performed well enough to offset a number of unspecified delays. "Consolidated results for the three quarters saw each of our business segments roughly meet their earnings forecast, despite the postponement of several titles," the publisher said.

Rather than break out sales figures for individual titles, the publisher did provide sales statistics for certain genres and franchises. The top performer was its "Soccer" genre, which logged sales of 6.56 million during the period. Konami went on to tout the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise, stating that series sales topped 68.8 million units through December.

The Metal Gear franchise also added 1.68 million units to its overall tally during the April-December months. Konami also reiterated that Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D will arrive for the 3DS this year.

In the sweeping "Other" category, Konami sold 6.33 million units, presumably some of which were of the Castlevania reboot Lords of Shadow. All said, Konami sold 18.49 million games during the nine-month period, up from 15.53 million games during the same period a year ago.

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32 comments
blackace
blackace

I have Yie Ar Kung Fu on several systems. I'm waiting for a new Zone of Enders as well. I can wait for Suikoden 6. I've only beaten the first game and barely started the 2nd. Got a long ways to go in that series. I would love them to do a Double Dribble remake for the XBLA. I think they did one for the cell phones. Thanks for Castlevania though. When is the release date for Metal Gear Rising? I want it for my 360.

GunnBjorn
GunnBjorn

Konami... I remember them since I had the MSX. King's Valley, Yie Ar Kung Fu, Knightmare, etc. Man, I'm getting old! (age 34).

coaltango
coaltango

Its time for Zone of the Enders 3. Cmon Kojima work ur magic

cameio
cameio

where the hell is Suikoden 6? and we want ZOE and Metal Gear 5 for PS3 and NGP ;)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Kojima is a legend. That's all I know. As much as I want konami to succeed, now that MGS is going multi-plat they can't make best use of the Blu-ray like with MGS4. As such games will have to have things taken out. Hell, the disc for MGS4 was crammed to the brink! Ah wells.. Good to see them doing well.

tapiyuki
tapiyuki

konami would get triple nine-month sale if they released suikoden 6. but i's not too late...

pasinpman
pasinpman

As many are saying, it would be nice to see a Suikoden 6! It's been almost 5 years now since 5 was released in the US.

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

Great for Konami! They're the oldest gaming company I can still rely on :)

Eric_Drav3n
Eric_Drav3n

I would love it if they made Suikoden 6

aerialstrike
aerialstrike

if kojima production goes to EA and Activision the games going to get gang raped for money and i dont think that mr kojima will have the freedom he has under konami right now. MGS is a hit because the creator can do whatever the hell wants in the game and so far everything was awesome.

Kajiuro
Kajiuro

So, Suikoden 6? Please?

badtaker
badtaker

it wpuld be great if konami show some love for PC

steelmouth
steelmouth

@dinuattila Agreed Metal Gear Rising please... asap

steelmouth
steelmouth

Damn I love the Yen figures ¥188.3 billion, ¥16.54 billion profit that’s just sound awesome Only 18.49 million games? what Black Ops alone outsold the entire konami games, Hate it of Love it you got respect COD

Amir29
Amir29

I know this is slightly off-topic, but... I know many of us are not fond of EA or Activision for their business ethics as publishers. But, can you imagine if Kojima Productions was under such a powerful publisher that could invest far more money?

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

OK, PES 2011 is a massive financial success. No more excuses, Konami, give us a good amount of licensed teams (IE: the rest of the BPL and the Bundesliga teams).

Pancanater
Pancanater

This video is a lode of bull****!!!! ... snake wouldn't hand over a pack of cigarettes! lolz ;) no but seriously glad to see it get a revamp would love to see more of rising though.

meke186
meke186

well now with mgs3 on 3ds and mgs rising it should be excellent. Just wish theyde give more footage of rsing

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

This may be a strange request, but the Konami game I would really like to see given an XBL/PSN revival is.... Blades of Steele. Old-school hockey game that could be a great arcade-level game. I'd buy it.

in2DarKneSs
in2DarKneSs

Maybe they're doing so well that they can afford some more staff to Kojima productions. Then we could see a Zone of the Enders 3 sooner than later.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Maybe we can see a new Suikoden if konami is doing so well.

avok23
avok23

@sulaymanqazi You are silly. How old are you? 12 yr old sony fan boy.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I hope they keep doing interesting new things with the Castlevania series like they have with Harmony of Despair. If they keep supporting that game with new DLC for a while it would be awesome.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

im sad that metal gear solid will be on Xbox 360. :(

Enterprise-E
Enterprise-E

I wonder if Konami is going to use that profit to actually address the issues with MGO! I know. Wishful thinking.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

maybe now we will get a suikoden 6 on the ps3/x360??????????? pleaseeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

dinuattila
dinuattila

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pokecharm
pokecharm

as soon as they release Metal Gear Rising, they should expect another heavy up-shot, especially if the trailers are any indication. Can't wait for that game to come out!

dinuattila
dinuattila

Metal Gear Rising please... asap :)