Namco plans 69 titles this fiscal year

Namco has announced its consolidated statement for the term ending March 2002.

Over the weekend, Namco held its shareholders meeting and announced its consolidated statement for the financial term ending March 2002. Sales changed to 89.5 billion yen, a 3 percent decrease compared with the preceding term. The company moved back into the black with a 5.3 billion yen profit (compared with a 3.99 billion yen loss from the previous term), ending with revenue of 1.97 billion yen this fiscal year.

The consumer software division had a 4 percent increase in sales with the release of PlayStation 2 titles such as Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies and Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht. The company expects a continuing increase in sales and plans to release 69 titles for the console, as well as 30 titles for the arcades (some of which will make use of storage mediums) this fiscal year.

The company has revealed some of the Japanese release dates for its upcoming software titles. Pac-Man World 2 is slated for a July 25 release, which will be followed by Ninja Assault on September 12. As for the Game Boy Advance titles, Klonoa G2: Dream Champ Tournament is scheduled for release on August 6 and Mr. Driller Ace on August 23. Other titles, such as the new Mr. Driller for the GameCube and Soul Calibur II for all three platforms, are included in the lineup for this fiscal year.

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