» It’s been over 30 years since the company posted a loss, and the first such occurrence since the company began releasing earnings statements in 1981. Last year’s forty-percent price drop for the 3DS cost the company millions; however, Nintendo believes the portable gaming-system will become profitable again during 2012. It should also be noted that, prior to 2011, the Wii essentially acted as Nintendo’s license to print money. The ultra-popular gaming device has earned the company close to a billion dollars, annually, since its release in 2006. Now, all eyes are focused on the Wii U, the spiritual successor to the Wii, which is scheduled to launch later this year with an all-new touchscreen controller.
» A pretty hefty one-time charge: While Goldman Sachs’ profits for the current quarter, $2.74 billion, were down 21 percent from a year earlier because of the payday to their sugar daddy, if you don’t count the payment to Warren, their profits — $8.38 billion — would have been up by 49 percent from a year earlier. In other words, they’re richer than we are and Wall Street is celebrating.