One developer sees $42.1m in profits, credits 3DS game sales


You would have thought that the enormous price cut that Nintendo’s newest handheld just received would indicate that third party developers would be experiencing the same lackluster sales, but for one developer, that is not the case. 

Namco-Bandai has just released their financial results for the June 2011 quarter, and amidst all the doom and gloom the company has managed to turn a profit to the tune of $42.1 million. Namco-Bandai attributes much of it’s profits to 3DS games as its major titles for the quarter. The developer shipped three titles for the Nintendo 3DS: One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP, Ridge Racer 3D, and Tales of the Abyss. One Piece and Ridge Racer have both broken the 100,000 units sold mark with selling 170,000 and 150,000 units respectively, while the launch title Ridge Racer 3D has shipped a respectable 90,000.

It is good to see developers having success with the 3DS. Hopefully these titles help show other third parties that it is possible to turn a profit on Nintendo’s handheld and lead to bigger and better games in the future.

Or perhaps we will continue to see more pets titles with a ‘z’.

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. I bought Ridge Racer 3D. If you have the slightest interest in arcade racing, this is a great game. The 3D effect subtly adds a lot to the racing experience.

  2. Well, nice to see at least some people having success publishing 3DS games.

  3. I’m glad they did well! 🙂 Hallelujah for optimistic posts too! Now if they can only give me some awesome jrpg’s… Maybe something from vanillaware please? lol I’m excited about Mario, and Kid Icarus though for now.

  4. That is a good amount of money, see Developer/Publisher do make a profit from 3DS!

  5. Hey, you guys!
    You’d make even more monies if you’d send some One Piece UC-SP here to America!!
    And the European subs would be more than welcome, as English dubs will always blow.

  6. Great news for them… better news for us? Does this mean we’ll get a release of Tales in the US?

  7. I have had Ridge Racer since launch and have played that title the most of my 3DS game library. I agree with Holly.. it’s a great arcade racer!

    I was planning on picking up the PacMan Galaga games next too… go Namco!