Things Are Looking Up For Nippon Ichi Software’s Game Division

By Spencer . February 4, 2011 . 5:57pm

image Last year, Nippon Ichi Software’s posted a massive decrease in operating profit from their consumer good’s division in the company’s third quarter financial report. This division, which handles video game development, reported 4,806,000 yen ($53,000*) in operating profit.


Fast forward to three quarters into this fiscal year (April 2010 – December 31, 2010) and Nippon Ichi Software looks like they are in better shape. The publisher reported 187,325,000 yen ($2.2 million) in operating profit for their consumer goods division.


Fewer titles were released in Japan during this period and their domestic lineup was PSP heavy. Blue Roses: The Fairy and the Blue-Eyed Warriors, Second Novel: Summer Girlfriend 15 Minutes of Memory, Phantom Brave Portable, and Criminal Girls were key domestic games. Overseas releases included: Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger Vs. Darkdeath Evilman, ClaDun: This is an RPG!, Viral Survival, Trinity Universe, and Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland. Disgaea 4, one of the company’s major titles, will be released in Japan during the company’s fourth fiscal quarter.


Overall, Nippon Ichi Software still posted a net loss of 8,730,000 yen ($105,000). Losses were filed for their amusement/arcade division and a response to stock devaluations. While that sounds like bad news, compared to last year it’s actually a positive note. In 2010, Nippon Ichi Software posted a net loss of 231,213,000 yen ($2.5 million*). That’s a 96.2% decrease in net losses.


*These figures were calculated using the average yen to dollar exchange rate for February 2010.

  • Awesome, congratulation NIS!! Keep up bringing those great games!

  • Woot you go NIS! NIS always has a special place in my heart, without Disgaea, well I never would have been motivated enough to get a PS3!

    I so can not wait for Disgaea 4 though…its gonna be my RPG GOTY! Im excited for Phantom Brave next month, I will actually clear out a spot for it (hopefully I can run through ZHP while balancing playing Hyperdimension Neptunia once I finish Mass Effect 2 !!!)

    • Zero_Destiny

      lol This is what they meant by more money more problems. I hate when that happens. I got a backlog of games so big that you’d think there was a mountain in my room. XD Hope you can burn through more of your backlog.

      • I should be able too, I just need to focus more time playing games and away from being on the computer discussing games. I kind of went back on my old ways and got the strategy guide to Mass Effect 2 so Ive been exploring just about every nook and cranny on this first playthrough to do and see everything. They have so many assignments in the game that its is excellent and a lovely world.

        I should put ZHP in my PSP though and play it as I lay in bed and stuff. Making some progress is better than no progress. Especially because I need to get ready for Tactics Ogre as well! (decided to get it since Killzone 3 is apparently only 4.5 hours of gameplay time, screw that, I will take a game that offers lenghtier gameplay).

      • Barrit

        Ugh me too. I’m glad I’m not the only one. I was thinking I bought games more than I actually got to play them. I still have games sitting on my bookshelf I haven’t even touched yet :(

        • I still have about 5 PS2 games and 2 PS3 games I’ve had for over two years that I still have to find time to sit down with. lol

          Buying Red Dead Redemption a couple days ago just made the pile of shame bigger. lol

        • Joanna

          It’s such a relief to know I’m not the only one….although my pile of shame is pretty large….I think I have like 50 untouched games and that’s not counting the ones I’ve actually opened and played a bit of. >/////////<

          I guess part of the reason is I'm pretty busy and I'm rather slow in finishing games (where others take 30 hours on an RPG, I take an additional 10-20 hours more), yet I still can't pass up picking up interesting games. Some times I even wonder if I'll ever be able to finish all of them…. D:

          • Barrit

            On Black Friday, I bought over 10 games that week. It’s either good deals or collector’s editions that are too hard to pass up.

            I also complete games really slow, especially when I really like a game. I guess for me trophies are a way that I show which games I like the most, so I try to do everything in the game… and that sometimes takes forever.

          • Joanna

            Yeah, I know what you mean. If I see something on sale, even if I’m only mildly interested, I’ll snatch it up.

            Ah, trophies, the bane of my existence. I’ve got no time to get them all, but it feels wrong not to unlock them and call the game truly finished. Sometimes I wish they didn’t exist, it would make finishing PS3 games much easier. V___V

      • Oh man, I feel so bad for you. Really, the nigh game less corner of my dresser aches for you.

      • Darkrise

        Haha, wow it’s the same for me too, lately I’ve been buying more games and hardly finished any of them. I only finished like 1 game last year while I still got a bunch that I’ve barely even got into.

  • Ereek

    What do their anime releases fall under? Since you’re mentioning non-NIS-developed localized titles (TU and Rorona) I assume that anime counts in there somewhere.

    How is it doing?

    Also, according to the new Prinny bomb, Neptunia is doing well. So that’s a good thing.

    • Doing well, I guess, dont they usually run out the limited editions from their store before release date (I think they only had 1000 anyway)…

      • No, they dont

      • Ereek

        The Prinny Bomb flat out says that Neptunia is doing better than expectations, though there were a few times they ran out before release (I can think of TU artbook, Annie figurine set, and Sakura Taisen).

        • I guess I misunderstood as it just said the preorders with the cards was going to sell out soon. I didnt know it meant the game is doing better than expectations. (maybe people arent ordering the set with the game itself…).

    • They did a second run of Toradora Vol. 2. Although, they had to send out replacement discs for the ghostings that occurred with Vol. 1…
      I hope they’re doing well enough to pick up more series in the future. They’re doing a good job of releasing these sets as special editions. Working! (or the new name they’re using now) I hear is a noteworthy series. Not sure when they is expected to be out, though.

      I noticed that that Prinny Bomb note, too. I ordered that game within seconds of getting notified that it was up for order. I felt good that day :P

      • I just wish they would dub the anime. I do not just want to get subbed stuff, lol.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Victorique-san would shank any VA (and then pin it on Grevil) even attempting to tsun tsun Taiga like Rie Kugimiya .

          She’d probably also look a little askew at anyone recommending that it even happen, too.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Wagnaria (the name of the restaurant) appears to be coming out end of March — 13 ep season, 1 set. One thing to note, at least on the descriptor Right Stuf has, is that they may be keeping the main love interest as Popura, rather than localizing it “Poplar”. Which is interesting given that she is named for the tree.

        An attempt to keep folks from Anglicizing as popular perhaps? Or another licensor request?

    • Anime releases from NISA are reported in a separate category. I don’t recall the exact numbers, but I do remember there was a report of positive operating profit specifically for anime.

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    Please see profit again soon, you magnificent bastards

  • cmurph666

    Whoa… NIS really doesn’t make that much in comparison to other companies.

  • Zero_Destiny

    I’m sure when Disgaea 4 comes out NIS will be so full of money they won’t know where to put it!!! Can’t wait for it to come out in the US so I can give them even more of my money :)

  • Yay! Just keep giving us more JRPGs with JAudio please!

  • HarryHodd

    Disgaea 4
    Hyperdimension Neptunia
    Ar tonelico Qoga
    Atelier Totori(hopefully)

    Will all be bought. They have a really nice western lineup this year.

    • PrinceHeir

      yes all of the above ^^

    • Testsubject909

      And my wallet will feel like death… my poor wallet…

      Tsuunaaaa. Wallet. Give…

    • Vino (Tim N)

      Totally getting all those games too. And everything else coming out

    • Atelier Totori is probably a guarantee as they would need some game to release for the ps3 in the Fall/Winter.

      • Zero_Destiny

        It’s a guanrtee buy from me if they release Atelier Totori. I haven’t beaten Rorona yet but I;m close and have been having a blast with it!!!

        • Darkrise

          Rorona’s just another one of those games I’ve barely played yet lol. Either way, it’d be great if we can get Atelier Totori.

        • HarryHodd

          Yeah I really had fun with Rorona. I love addictive games like that.

    • I have NISA to thank for finally pushing me towards the PS3 this year. Even if their releases are the only ones I’ll have enough time to enjoy this year, it’ll be worth it.

  • JustaGenericUser

    Congratulations, NIS! Looking forward to more games from you guys.

  • It’s awesome to hear that NIS is doing better in terms of financial status– I hope they manage to keep going with that! :)

  • Ladius

    I’m a bit confused, why are the non-NiS games localized by NiS America mentioned in a report regarding NiS Japan’s Game Division? I thought the two branches had separate administrations, but maybe I’m missing something.

    Alas, I’m really happy for NiS :) They are one of my favourite japanese developers and american publisher at the same time, obviously I’m gonna day-one their awesome 2011 lineup :D

    • Its a subsidiary that NIS created for handling overseas releases.

      • Ladius

        Pardon me but that is fairly obvious, I was interested to discuss another topic :P

        What I was pointing out is that (if I remember correctly) NiS Japan and NiSA are financially autonomous, and the releases by NiSA shouldn’t have a direct impact on NiS Japan’s budget aside from the eventual licences and royalties (limited to NiS Japan titles).

        So, what is the link between the GustIF titles localized by NiSA and NiS Japan’s balance? Of course my premises could be wrong.

    • Good question. NISA (Nippon Ichi Software America) is a fully owned subsidiary of Nippon Ichi Software. While they have different administration and employees, their published titles and profits are reported within Nippon Ichi Software’s (NIS) financial reports.

      • malek86

        Do we know the results for NISA alone? I’d like to see how much the american branch is contributing to the company’s bottom line (and conversely, how much it affected last year’s loss).

      • Ladius

        Thanks Spencer :) I second malek86’s curiosity, it would be really interesting to know how well NiS America is faring.

        • HarryHodd

          NISA stated that they weren’t happy with Sakura Wars 5 sales. They also apologized for the quality of The Last Rebellion, which probably didn’t sell anything big.

          Seems like Trinity Universe and Atelier Rorona did ok or good(not sure, but they said at one point pre-orders for Atelier Rorona were good)

  • IceRomancer

    I love hearing NIS news, it’s got such a dedicated and loving fanbase.
    Im always rooting for NIS and will always buy there products. When u play their games u can feel the love and hard work they put into it. Hey NIS, don’t u ever change :)

  • Every game shop in Akiba is covered w/ Disgaea 4 (and Catherine) promo posters.

    Hope this does well! Will pick it up by the end of the year for sure.

  • HarryHodd

    They have partnered with Image Epoch so I wonder if we’ll see Black Rock Shooter, Final Promise or Chavalier Saga Tactics this year or not.

  • Laharl will be pleased. You have spared yourself this time Japan.

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