Nintendo Switch Sales Surge to 55.7 Million Units

Posted on May 7, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Games with 0 Comments

As part of its quarterly earnings reports, Nintendo revealed that it has now sold 55.7 million Switch and Switch Lite portable gaming consoles. And it expects to sell another 19 million this fiscal year alone.

Nintendo reported today that it earned an operating profit of $3.3 billion on revenues of $12.3 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31; both are massive gains from the previous fiscal year, with profits up 41.1 percent and revenues up 9 percent. (Nintendo reported similar YOY gains last year as well.)

The star of the show, of course, is the Switch family of portable gaming consoles, which now includes the original switch and the more portable and affordable Switch Lite.

“Nintendo Switch performed very well without losing momentum, resulting in significant sales growth for the entire Nintendo Switch family,” the firm explained. Looking at software, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield became big hits, posting sales of 17.37 million units, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, released in March, sold 11.77 million units, which is now the best start ever for a Nintendo Switch title … the total number of million-seller titles during this fiscal year reached 27 titles.”

Nintendo reported that COVID-19 caused production and shipment delays during the more recent quarter. But the pandemic also triggered a healthy sales boost for both hardware and software. Nintendo sold 21.3 million Switch consoles in the fiscal year, a 24 percent gain YOY, and software sales totaled 168.72 million units, a 42.3 percent gain.

To put those numbers in perspective, the Switch is poised to become the second best-selling Nintendo console ever in the coming months as it’s now only 6 million units behind the total sales of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and the firm expects to ship 19 million more Switch consoles in the coming year. The Nintendo Wii, with over 100 million units sold, is the best-seller.

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