Nintendo shipped 6.86 million Switch consoles from July to September, up more than 40% from the same period last year and hit 68.3 million units sold since its launch in 2017. That’s the level. Impressive growth for the company, as this quarter last year was a strong one – it saw the launch of a cheaper Switch Lite variant, boosting Nintendo shipments by more than 50% in 2018.
The Switch’s figure was also an improvement from the previous quarter, when Nintendo shipped 5.68 million units. Animal Crossing: New Horizons The main sales driver at the time with more than 10 million copies shipped and continued to sell well last quarter with over three and a half million units. It has now sold 26.04 million copies overall, making it the second best-selling Switch game after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Nintendo’s software releases for the past quarter were fairly low, but the two titles have performed extremely well. Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a collection of Super Mario portals, has sold 5.21 million copies at the end of September, while Paper Mario: The King of Paper Folding sold 2.82 million units.
Nintendo has significantly raised its outlook for the fiscal year due to its strong sales performance, which currently expects 450 billion yen in operating profit by the end of March 2021. That’s a 50% increase from 300. The billion yen they forecast for May. The company made 291.4 billion yen ($ 2.79 billion) in operating profits in the first six months of the year. Nintendo is also currently expected to sell 24 million Switch consoles this fiscal year, up from 19 million.
Nintendo will look to boost its sales through the end of the important holiday quarter, where it will face stiff competition due to the launch of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series next week. next week. the The breath of the wild prequel /Hyrule Warriors next part Age of Calamity, was only announced less than two months ago.
In addition, Nintendo has almost exclusively AR Mario Kart game-toy hybrid and a limited edition Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch handsets this quarter, so it may feel like the company is letting Sony and Microsoft grab the spotlight. Several reports have stated that Nintendo is planning to upgrade the Switch in early 2021, however, Bloomberg suggests that more games will be counted toward that release time.