Konami profit up 77%

Here’s a little good financial news to wash down those THQ and GAME blues; Japanese publisher Konami has seen its profits jump by 77 percent in its nine-months earnings report. A net income of $224 million was recorded, as well as a 3 percent increase in sales from April – December, making $2.55 billion.

Digital income nearly doubled to $319 million, but social games were the real star, earning the company $348 million. Consumer games still raked in a very healthy $465 million, though this was down from $689 million last year.

Pro Evolution Soccer lead the way for sales, shifting 5.43 million units in the period. Meanwhile the Metal Gear franchise sold 1.21 million units followed by baseball and music games at 1.16 million and 1.14 million units, respectively.

The publisher now expects its full year revenue to be as much as $3.48 billion, will net income at $289 million, a 70 percent rise over the last fiscal year.

Nice going, Konami.