Peace Walker, World Cup fever bolster Konami earnings

First quarter game revenues up slightly on strength of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Pro Evolution Soccer games; publisher posts net profit of $15 million.

Earlier this week, Electronic Arts posted better-than-expected quarterly results based in large part on the success of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, the officially licensed tie-in to the quadrennial worldwide soccer tournament. It turns out gamers didn't need the official World Cup license to catch footie fever, as Konami cited its own soccer sim series, along with the PSP debut of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, as boosting the company's gaming business.

The launch of Peace Walker helped push Metal Gear sales for the quarter to 1.27 million copies.

The publisher today announced its financial results for the three months ended June 30, with its Digital Entertainment division posting revenues of ¥25.02 billion ($292 million), a bump of 1.7 percent year-over-year. However, games are only about half of Konami's business, and company-wide sales were down 5 percent year-over-year to ¥53.18 billion ($620 million).

While Konami didn't provide sales figures for Peace Walker and a new Japan-only installment in the Pro Evolution Soccer series (known as Winning Eleven in its home country), the publisher did offer a glance at how its respective franchises fared. For the quarter, Metal Gear games combined to sell 1.27 million copies, while gamers worldwide picked up an extra 1.36 million Konami soccer games.

Konami's bottom line also improved for the quarter, as it managed a net profit of nearly ¥1.3 billion ($15 million). That's a bump up from the ¥367 million ($4.28 million) the publisher reported for the same period last year. Konami also stood by its previous projections for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, reiterating a forecasted profit increase of 1.4 percent to ¥13.5 billion ($157 million), with overall revenue climbing 8.7 percent to ¥285 billion ($3.32 billion).

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36 comments
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

With PSP doing well, would like to see UMD movies brought, was always a good idea, maybe Sony releasing UMD video tech to third parties like samsung, toshiba etc. Love to see Lord of the Rings, Star Wars trilogy and prequel on hard copy, always like to lend movies to people if not the PSP will die and more UMD music but this time at a lower RRP, we have GST in Australia. Would also like to see TV tuner function brought to PAL and North American terrotries like in Japan. Im still happy with the PSP. Anyway PSP2 should have UMD b.c. and maybe a larger capacity UMD and SD LCD screen and second analog, stick with the 4.3 inch screen and 16 gb flash and 802. 11 g wifi and a 2400 mah battery maybe by next years e3. Anyway still sticking with current PSP-3000

tarig134
tarig134

I cannot imagine a PSP without peace walker

VampyricWolf
VampyricWolf

Peace walker isnt really that hard ;) Just get more comrades, upgrade weapons, and bosses are easy! the extra ending is the best one though =D

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

(also, goes without saying because of the three weapons i suggested, but Battle armour is a must)

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@hazuki I doubt it's possible without supply drops- but it IS possible to beat it alone. I suggest the FIM launcher (stingers), the Gustav launcher and the PKM machine gun (for whittling). Also strike markers can help get some damage in. Aside from that, Mate tea for your psyche and both the curry and the rations (maybe even the tortilla chips if you're in a bind). Persevere and you'll get her!

hazuki
hazuki

@grey_fox1984 Every time I've done the peace walker battle, I've always used all my supply drops lol and still ran out. Is it even possible to beat the peace walker by yourself without supply drops? Bleh, peace walker is an amazing game. Anybody with a psp must play it, or else you might as well sell your psp.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

They should make more games for the psp. The PSP community wants more games on the system. Any firm that really wants to make money should know this. The PSP is the most amazing device ever created.

tpeeple1
tpeeple1

Peace Walker never does get boring. Start to finish, its a great game. Got to be the best on the psp right now

green_dominator
green_dominator

Those are impressive numbers considering but when the game came out Red Dead Dominated charts for months and still does and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker didn't even rank in the top 10 in sales. I'm not trying to badmouth MGS, it could be that only now has sales picked up for the title.....

OrianaDorta
OrianaDorta

Peace Walker never gets boring, it's the best PSP game I've ever played.

colejd
colejd

Peace Walker is a great game.

supdotcom
supdotcom

imo peace walker was one of the best games i've ever played on psp along with gow and mhfu. these games really showcase what a psp is capable of.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Peace Walker was great, only if it was on the PS3

mrhagane
mrhagane

lol i'm laugh to EVERYONE who say that PW control is suck I played it with easy and the control is really solid and the story? one of best game story that i ever play

zzamaro
zzamaro

@Tornado_Volcano lol, same here :P

the2gamer
the2gamer

Peace Walker is awesome. Kojima gave us a GOOD PSP game. The LEAST i can give him is $40!

metalkid9
metalkid9

and all sold well in japan lol

TheEntertainist
TheEntertainist

Peace Walker is a masterful PS3 game stuffed into a PSP.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

So many people complaining about the controls! Reloading takes a bit of getting used to- but by the time you're halfway through the story (which is maybe 5% of the full game- the amount of extra missions and replay value is insane) the controls feel completely natural. I would argue that the shoulder aim and crouch walking make it better than Subsistence (which i recently replayed)- making MGS4 the only game in the series with better gameplay and it has the advantage of a two stick dual shock 3. The ONE minor gripe i have with the game is that you can't slit throats- but keeping enemies alive has major gameplay benefits due to the army-building RPG elements; so it's even hard to be sour on that- also its pretty cool that its T rated so kids can a taste of the MGS world before they're old enough to play the console titles. Bravo Konami, keep the portable MGS games coming!

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@hazuki Supply drops dude- just chuck a bunch of them out and when you run out of ammo call them in.

hazuki
hazuki

Peace walker was a pretty good game, but it felt like everything had a sluggish delay to it. Still, a HUGE step up from the horrible portable ops stuff. Now to actually beat the peace walker itself without RUNNING OUT OF AMMO!

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

@ cjasko94 Although I wouldn't call the controls garbage, they did take a little while getting used to. I did fumble with the controls a bit for about a half hour, but actually got quite used to controlling Snake shortly after. Also, there was a good deal of story in present Peace Walker (all of which was relevant to the franchise) without being overbearing like in previous titles. Also, the extra missions, free content, and unlockable equipment add a lot of replay value. In all, Peace Walker is the best portable game I've ever played and I'm glad to have seen it do so well.

Wula_
Wula_

peace walker proves that PSP games can sell well. If they are full fledged instalments to the series. Instead of a 2-4 hour trip like most games nowadays :/

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

Peace Walker is an EXCELLENT game. I can't imagine how it would be if it was on the PS3.

edinsaw
edinsaw

@@cjasko94 Actually my friend, controls is one of the biggest improvements on Peace Walker. I can tell that you haven´t played it right??? no one that have play this game will complain about controls, because the game is so superb that noone notice controls!!

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Activision should learn from Konami on how to milk franchises. Other than soccer and MGS, is there any other hit.

cjasko94
cjasko94

To bad, we don't get a TRUE MGS5 on PS3. No, some back story on a small screen with garbage controls.

ReaperV7
ReaperV7

mgs:peace walker puts most console games to shame

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fgjnfgh

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Gohansephiroth
Gohansephiroth

Glad to hear peace walker did well enough to help konami, its a fantastic game.

vader501st
vader501st

Well deserved. Peace Walker is nothing less than a masterpiece. (something you'd expect from any MGS)

vectorman88
vectorman88

"THe greatest soldier that ever lived fights for Peace" PEACWALKER is one of the greatest games ever made, one of the best handheld games ever made, and one of the most definitive titles to play this year. it has earned this success!

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Eighty hours of Peace Walker and counting. It's the most fun I've had with MGS - and my PSP - in quite some time.

Tornado_Volcano
Tornado_Volcano

I think I'm comiting a crime by still not playing Peace Walker...

ascalon94
ascalon94

Peace Walker is one of the greatest portable games ever made