Nippon Ichi Raises Earnings Forecast Due to Disgaea Sales

Disgaea 3Nippon Ichi has predicted higher earnings this coming fiscal year, which it attributes to strong performances from Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice on the Vita and Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten on the PS3. By the end of this twelve-month period ending on March 31, 2012, Nippon Ichi expects to see ¥203 million ($2.7 million USD) in profit, an increase from ¥59 million ($770,000). However, over all revenue is expected to take a small dip from ¥2.29 billion yen ($30.1 million) to ¥2.25 billion ($29.5 million).

Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice will be released in North America on April 17. Among NIS’s other upcoming releases is Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, due out in North America on February 28; and Atelier Meruru, which is slated for release in Spring 2012. In Japan, The Witch and the Hundred Soldiers was to be released this spring, but it was delayed to June 28. Both that and Absence of Justice were pushed back past this fiscal year in order to meet customer expectations and improve quality.

Analysis: Things are certainly looking up for Nippon Ichi. Its earnings last fiscal year went up, and it seems that momentum will persist. With three releases coming to the West in the first half of the year, it’s likely that the company will see a good amount of net income. The predicted slight dip in sales doesn’t seem like it’ll be a big concern in light of the projected profit. Still, it’s good to see a company that caters to a niche audience doing well.


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