Platinum's Bayonetta Goes Platinum
It's about that time of year to take a look at the updated fiscal results...so how did Sega Sammy do?
Well, as GameSpot reports, the company started the fiscal year by posting a ¥10.29 billion ($115 million) loss on revenues, which was down 19% in a year-over-year comparison. But ever since that time, Sega Sammy has been playing a bit of catch-up; the first nine months of its fiscal 2010 period saw net sales of ¥285 billion ($3.19 billion), which is down only 7.7% compared to 2009. Furthermore, between April and December, Sega Sammy got themselves back into the black, posting a ¥16.9 billion ($189 million) profit. Sega attributes the turnaround to the good pachislot and pachinko business in Japan and although gaming sales remained strong in Japan, Sega did see a game software decline in the US and Europe due to "adverse market conditions." Overall, the net software sales decline was ¥83.1 billion ($930 million), but Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Witner Games was the publisher's top seller, selling 5.67 million units on the Wii and DS in the US and Europe. Furthermore, the sales of Platinum Games' well-received Bayonetta also helped: it has surpassed the 1 million mark worldwide, including both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.
This may be enough incentive for Platinum to go for a sequel, although they did hint at the possibility of a spin-off...and nobody seems to like that idea.
Related Game(s): Bayonetta
2/5/2010 9:32:27 PM Ben Dutka