Nintendo has sold 4.73 million Switch consoles last quarter, almost doubling its own forecasts. The company ignored fears of a firing ahead of a successful winter quarter to achieve a 44% increase in Switch sales over the same period last year. Nintendo also beat the forecast for the full year, posting 28.83 million console shipments. This is a 37% jump from fiscal 2020, bringing lifetime sales to 84.59 million.
Its continued popularity means the Switch has now overtaken the sale of another legacy Nintendo console in the Game Boy Advance and is expected to outperform the Wii next year. Well, as long as the kinks in the supply chain don’t ruin its run. Nintendo noted that global semiconductor shortages could create “impediments to the supply of spare parts.” In total, the company hopes to sell 25.5 million switches in the next fiscal year, which runs from April 21 to March 22.
The software side was equally impressive. Nintendo ended the year with 230 million games sold, again exceeding its initial expectations of 90 million. Like hardware, software sales also grew 37% year-over-year, further underscoring the enduring appeal of its proprietary titles. The biggest hit of the year was the happy life simulation Animal crossing, which has sold over 32 million copies since its release in March 2020. Meanwhile, Ring-shaped adventure sold over 7 million copies and has now exceeded 10 million shipments.
Of the society Super Mario 3D All-Stars The package, which consisted entirely of older remastered games, sold 9 million units before being arbitrarily removed from the store on March 31. Another reissue of sorts (although this one with a fair amount of new material added) was Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury, which Nintendo says sold 4 million units in its first six weeks on sale. Older games also continued to play: Mario kart 8 remains the most popular title on the platform and shipped over 10 million copies throughout the year.
Looking ahead, this coming quarter is a mix of “ moderately important ” games for Nintendo: Pokémon Snap came out last week, Mythopia is due in a few weeks, the newly announced $ 30 Garage Game Builder arrives at the beginning of June, then Mario Golf Super Rush will launch a few days before the end of the quarter on June 25.
And even further, players can expect a Zelda Skyward Sword remaster scheduled for July, before Pokémon Diamond and Pearl the remakes will probably come to dominate the end of the year. The most intriguing Pokemon Legends: Arceus – an open-world prequel – is scheduled for “early 2022”. Perhaps the bigger versions, and the ones that will likely contribute the most to future console sales, are still without a release window. the Breath of the wild suite and Metroid Prime 4 are still to be confirmed, as is the next episode of the fan favorite Bayonetta.
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