Nintendo Records Record Sales With Boost From Switch Consoles

    • Nintendo has sold 84.59 million total Switch consoles.
    • Games for the console saw sales rise 37%.

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Nintendo sold 4.73 million Switch consoles in its fiscal Q4 2020 — a 44% increase year-over-year. The full fiscal year saw 28.83 million units sold, up from 21 million the year before. 

In just four years, 84.59 million Switch consoles have been purchased worldwide. It’s close to eclipsing the Nintendo Wii, which sits at 101.63 million units sold.

Despite the success, Nintendo expects Switch sales to dip to 25.5 million units in its 2021 fiscal year. Suntaro Furukawa, Nintendo’s president, referenced the global microchip shortage affecting everyone from competitors like Microsoft and Sony to car manufacturers.

Hardware sales took the spotlight, but Switch game sales climbed 37% for the year, reaching 230.88 million units sold (compared to 168.72 million in 2019). Yes, “Animal Crossing” topped the charts.

  • “Animal Crossing”: 20.85 million 
  • “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe”: 10.62 million
  • “Super Mario 3D All-Star”: 9.01 million

Nintendo netted a full-year profit of roughly $4.4 billion. Its share price has gained 90% since March 2020.