Sega Once Again Targets 3DS As Its Most Lucrative Gaming System This Year

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth hits 250,000 sales in Japan

Sega has continued to show significant support for Nintendo systems in recent years, with that point being emphasized with the three-game Sonic deal that's now drawing to a close. The company's recent financial results, pleasingly, show that will continue to be the case.

The company's results showed a tough Q1 due to a limited number of releases; net income fell by more than 50% over the same period last year, but that was still for a reasonable profit. While amusement arcades and Pachinko machines remain a major part of Sega Sammy's business, meanwhile, the company still has a number of games on the way.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth on 3DS has already contributed, however, shifting 250,000 units in Japan between its early June launch and the end of that month. That's on Sega's books thanks to its acquisition last year of Atlus, of course, which will do little harm for the company's 3DS support, in particular.

In terms of what's to come, the company has significant plans for Nintendo's portable. It's estimating that by the end of the financial year 13 SKUs for 3DS titles — which could incorporate limited editions and download games — will sell around 2.27 million units, easily the biggest selling single platform for the company. Unfortunately for Wii U the forecast is that it'll be the 7th biggest contributor for Sega, behind all the other traditional gaming platforms aside from the Xbox One; PSP has no titles on the way, so it's excluded from the reckoning. Just 600,000 sales across 4 SKUs are projected for the Wii U, which doesn't suggest confidence in a runaway success for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric; on the flipside it could be argued that it's a decent return for a small volume of products.

It's a positive, as always, to see Sega's continuing support for the 3DS, as the portable seeks a successful nine months to chase its sales targets.


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