Nintendo has now sold 36.87 million Switch consoles after moving 2.13 million units in the April-June quarter, an increase of 13 percent on an annual basis. Operating profit for the three-month period fell 10.2 percent year-on-year to 27.4 billion yen ($ 252 million), while revenue increased 2.4 percent to 172 billion yen ($ 1.58 billion).
Nintendo has reason to be optimistic about the sale of Switch hardware in the coming months. A tweaked model with a longer battery life will be released in August, while the company will launch the Switch Lite in September, a considerably cheaper version for handhelds only.
The $ 199 Switch Lite becomes an important device for Nintendo because the other entry option is essentially dead. The company shipped only 200,000 units of the 3DS in the previous quarter, with the total lifetime figure at 75.28 million.
The great Nintendo games for the holidays include Pokémon sword and Shield, Luigi & # 39; s Mansion 3, and a remake of the classic Legend of Zelda title Link & # 39; s Awakening. If the company can match its sales pace from the second half of last year, the Switch will sell more units at the end of 2019 than the SNES, one of Nintendo's most beloved consoles of all time.