Nintendo sales hit by imminent Move and Kinect arrival

First sales loss recorded by Nintendo in two years

Nintendo records first quarterly sales loss in two years ahead of Kinect and Move launches

Nintendo, master of the addictive games console has reported its first quarterly loss in more than two years as Sony and Microsoft ready themselves to challenge the Wii’s crown in motion-controlled gaming.

In the quarter ending June 30th, Nintendo recorded a net loss of 25.2 billion yen (£185 million) a drop in sales of more than 25 per cent compared to the same quarter last year.

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Reduced console prices and a drop in sales of the portable DS device are responsible for the unexpected monetary loss with many potential consumers expected to be waiting for the arrival of Nintendo’s next addition to its portable device range, the 3DS early in 2011.

The Nintendo 3DS is set to bring glasses-free 3D gaming to the public from around March of next year following its pre-emptive unveiling at E3 last month. The handheld console which boasts variable 3D levels will be a huge pull for Nintendo despite missing out on the financial goldmine that is the Christmas period.

There was, however, a ray of hope for Nintendo in its quarterly sales loss following the continued success of the company’s flagship home console, the Nintendo Wii. With reduced retail prices the Wii enjoyed rising sales but will soon face fierce competition from the PS3 and the Xbox 360 both of which are to enter the motion gaming market before the year’s end.

Sony’s PlayStation Move system, which has just been given a consumer friendly £50 price tag, works on a very similar principle to the Wii whilst Microsoft’s Kinect offering removes the need for controllers instead opting for a gestures-based control that puts the users into the game.

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