Nintendo Switch sales were 44 percent higher between January and March than the same quarter with pandemic problems a year earlier. Today’s figures bring total Switch sales to 28.83 million for the fiscal year, a 37 percent increase over the 21 million Switch consoles the company shipped the previous year, and exceed the company’s own revised forecast.
In February, Nintendo raised its annual forecast to 26.5 million Switch units for the fiscal year ending March 31 based on increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, a number already increased from 19 million units at the end of the year. beginning of the year. . Total sales now stand at 84.59 million Switch units shipped worldwide since its launch in 2017, and sneak up on the Wii console’s 101.63 million devices sold.
Game sales for the year also increased 37 percent, with sales of 230.88 million units, compared to 168.72 million units in the previous fiscal year, led by Animal Crossing: New Horizons with 20.85 million copies sold. Other notables were Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (10.62 million units), Super Mario 3D All-Star (9.01 million pieces), and Ring Fit Adventure (7.38 million units). Nintendo claimed 36 million titles in the fiscal year, 22 from Nintendo and 14 from other publishers. Released new Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury sold 5.59 million units.
Looking forward, Nintendo plans to release a blue Switch Lite in May. The company is also preparing global launches for additional first-party software titles, including Mythopia in May, Mario Golf: Super Rush in June, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD in July. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are scheduled for the end of 2021.
Nintendo’s full-year sales rose to 1.76 trillion yen, an increase of 35 percent from the 1.3 trillion yen earned last year, yielding an annual profit of 480.3 billion yen. The company expects sales of 1.6 trillion yen for the coming year.
Rumor has it that Nintendo is working on a new Switch with 4K output that can better compete with more powerful Xbox and PlayStation consoles. It is said to have a larger 7-inch 720p OLED panel built by Samsung that will start mass production in June from July assembly.