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Nintendo to sell Seattle Mariners stake

Do Not UseDo Not Use 28/04/2016
Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma: The Mariners include many Japanese stars like Hisashi Iwakuma © Getty Images The Mariners include many Japanese stars like Hisashi Iwakuma

Japanese gaming company Nintendo plans to sell its majority stake in the US baseball team, Seattle Mariners.

Super Mario: Nintendo is struggling with mobile gaming competition © AFP Nintendo is struggling with mobile gaming competition

A statement said it had begun talks to sell "a portion of its ownership". Once a deal is done, Nintendo will no longer be the team's principal owner.

It has struggled to repair its finances in the face of competition from mobile gaming. On Wednesday it released a 60% net profit drop for the past year.

Nintendo took over the team in 1992 when it was at risk of being relocated.

The president at the time, Hiroshi Yamauchi, then pushed the investment so it could become the principal owner of the Mariners. Since then, the baseball team has had several star Japanese players including Ichiro Suzuki and Hisashi Iwakuma.

Nintendo's ownership also helped boost the team's popularity among Japanese baseball fans.

Profits from the planned Seattle Mariners sale were not reflected in Wednesday's weak financial forecasts and the firm said that they would "adjust the financial forecasts and release them as needed" once a deal was agreed.

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