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Konami's switch to mobile turns a profit

Last year at this time, Konami said it was shifting away from console games to focus on mobile development. The move has apparently paid off, as the publisher has reported a revenue increase of about $300 million over the last fiscal year.

In its latest earnings report, Konami said (via Gamespot) that for the fiscal year ending March 31, revenue went from about $2 billion to $2.3 billion, with before tax profit of about $218 million. Operating profit increased about $86 million. It's biggest mobile game was Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyu, which has more than 22 million downloads. Other mobile games that performed well were Professional Baseball Spirits A (Ace), World Soccer Collection, CrowsxWorst, and Professional Baseball Dream Nine.

Metal Gear Solid V was mentioned in passing as receiving "high acclaim," but retail sales numbers were not mentioned. In January, Konami reported the game had shipped 6 million units.

Despite the mobile focus, Konami reportedly was hiring for a new Metal Gear game, and Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter mentioned in March via Twitter a codec call between Snake and Colonel Campbell. With E3 coming, I imagine we'll know soon if MGS will make a new appearance on console of if it is just another mobile game.

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