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Published by VegettoEX
05 February 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

Namco-Bandai has posted a ¥27.995 billion (approximately $301 million) net income for the first nine months of fiscal year 2013.

Dragon Ball once again made the list of best-performing franchises, raking in ¥4.9 billion this first nine months, down a good bit from the ¥6.7 billion the same period last year. Namco-Bandai is projecting ¥7.5 billion for the full fiscal year, a drop from last year’s ¥11.8 billion.

In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise jumped ever-so-slightly in net sales from ¥3.2 billion the first nine months in fiscal 2012 to ¥3.4 billion this year. The company is forecasting ¥4.5 billion for the year, a very slight increase from the ¥4.4 billion last year.

It is a slow time of year for Dragon Ball, its merchandise, and its video games — Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur V, and Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations were still some of the top-performing video games this year thus far. This year’s Budokai HD Collection and Dragon Ball Z for Kinect were not released within Japan, but even their wider international releases clearly did not pull in any significant numbers. In all honesty, the fact that Battle of Gods‘ impending release does not seem to pump up the overall projections is a little concerning. Do they expect the movie to carry over more into fiscal 2014? The projection for fiscal 2013 is a steady drop from 2012, which itself was a steady drop from 2011. If Kai was unable to bring the franchise back around, will the new movie? We shall see!