By Jonathan Davies

Japanese video game manufacturer Nintendo has reported a surprise 215m yen ($2m; £1.2m) profit after a difficult year.

The profit for the three months to the end of September surprised the market analysts, who were expecting a loss of 3.7bn yen. In the same period last year, Nintendo posted losses of 18bn yen.

Nintendo said it was on track to meet its first annual profits for four years. It believes it will still report an annual profit of 40bn yen.

The video game manufacturer has endured a very difficult year, with sales of its flagship device the Wii U not meeting sales expectations.

Sales were so disappointing that some retailers, like Asda, decided to pull the console of the shelves.

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