Konami's Full-Year Sales Up Almost 7%; MGS4 May Launch by March

Japanese publisher Konami, perhaps known best in the west for its Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania franchises, has reported its fiscal results for the year ended March 31, 2007. Total revenue was up 6.9 percent to 280.3 billion yen ($2.3 billion) and operating income was up significantly from 2.5 billion yen to 28.1 billion yen ($231.9 million). Net income, however, fell 29.5 percent to 16.2 billion yen ($133 million). The company explained that this resulted from a difficult comparison in which income was boosted the previous year by the sale of an affiliated company.

Konami has a number of business segments, but its digital entertainment business (which houses the core video game business) was responsible for the majority of sales. Sales within this segment were actually down 0.3 percent (essentially flat), but there were a few highlights. The Winning Eleven soccer series was cited for achieving sales of over 8 million units, representing the best performance in a year by the franchise to date.

Solid sales of dancing games in North America were also cited, as Dance Dance Revolution for PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360 crossed the one million unit mark. Other contributors Konami pointed to included "mainstays" such as Yu-Gi-Oh and Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyaku and new titles such as Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops and Death Note Kira Game.

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