We learned how many of the big N’s hybrid platform’s units were sold in the previous quarter – Nintendo released its new sales data.
In the company’s quarterly fiscal report, Nintendo announced that in the previous fiscal quarter (the second one; between July and September), 6.86 million Nintendo Switch units (including Nintendo Switch Lite – there is no differentiation between the two models, so we don’t know their respective ratios!) wee sold. It means the console has hit 68.3 million sales during its 3.5-year lifetime, beating the NES, Nintendo’s first console after the 1983 game industry crash in the US, and it’s now 7-8 million sales behind the Nintendo 3DS family.
This surprised Nintendo, who then promptly increased its expectations of 19 million Switch sales between April 2020 and March 2021 to 24 million, because the summer is often a weak period for game and console sales, with the end of the year, Christmas/Thanksgiving period taking an important role instead. (And Nintendo’s original expectations were more than 33% filled by just this summer period…)
Nintendo also updated its first-party, exclusive games’ top list. In the previous fiscal quarter, 49.81 million games were sold, increasing the total to 456.49. So in the previous quarter, one Switch had an average of 7.26 games sold along with it, and in the console’s lifetime, the ratio is 6.68. Here’s the top 10:
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 28.99 million
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 26.04 million
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 21.10 million
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 19.74 million
- Pokemon Sword / Pokemon Shield – 19.02 million
- Super Mario Odyssey – 18.99 million
- Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 12.49 million
- Super Mario Party – 12.10 million
- Splatoon 2 – 11.27 million
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 8.32 million
They also announced additional sales numbers, including the first official numbers for Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Paper Mario: The Origami King:
- Ring Fit Adventure – 5.84 million
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars – 5.21 million (released September 18)
- Paper Mario: The Origami King – 2.82 million (released July 17)
- Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – 1.81 million
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 7.83 million
- Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition – 1.40 million
Not bad, but now, the new consoles are arriving. How well can the Switch cope against the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series?
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