Damn, The Nintendo Switch Is Doing Well

Damn, The Nintendo Switch Is Doing Well
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Today, Nintendo released its financials for April to December 2019. One thing that sticks out is just how much of the company’s coffers are filled by the Switch. It’s not surprising considering a revamped Switch console, the Switch’s China launch and the Pokémon Sword and Shield juggernaut.

During this period, software sales were powered by Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield to the tune of 16.06 million units worldwide. Super Mario Maker 2 sold another five million as did Luigi’s Mansion 3.

For context, Pokémon X and Y has lifetime sales of 16.42 million.

In September, Nintendo released the Switch Lite, while in December, the console finally went on sale in China. Switch hardware sales increased 22.5 per cent year on year, and software sales were up 30.1 per cent during the same period. As of December 31, Nintendo reached 52.48 million lifetime Switch console sales, which includes 5.19 million sold Lites.

While the Switch is doing better, the 3DS seems to be fading out. Hardware sales were down 73 per cent year on year and software sales dropped 63 per cent.

In March, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch on the Switch, which should continue to power sales through this spring.

Comments

  • While the Switch is doing better, the 3DS seems to be fading out. Hardware sales were down 73 per cent year on year and software sales dropped 63 per cent.

    Let’s not beat around the bush, as much as Nintendo tried to deny it the Switch was always going to supersede the 3DS. And it makes sense too, with the Switch being both a portable and a home console, it made little sense to keep supporting the 3DS.

    I still play my 3DS when out and about despite having a Switch because I actually don’t mind carrying it around as much due to the smaller form factor. My Switch more or less stays docked to the TV and I very rarely ever use it in handheld mode.

    • Reminds me of the time Nintendo claimed that the DS line of products would be a “third pillar” and “wouldn’t be replacing the GameBoy line” at all.

      My 3DS (well, new2DS to be specific) still see’s regular play these days with a variety of 3/DS games as there’s still a few niche genres that the 3DS fills that the Switch doesn’t (looking at you Theatrhythm).

  • Well at least now people can stop talking about how the pokedex being cut down made everyone hate Sword/Shield and the sales were terribad and Moses came down from heaven to personally take a shit on the roof of Gamefreak’s headquarters.

  • It will be interesting to see how they do after this year when the PS5 and the XBox (but not that XBox) have released. Part of the Switch’s sales strength is that it released at a time when PS4 sales had already started peaking and people were looking for the next thing. Now that there’s new consoles coming out it’s going to eat into the Switch sales I’d say.

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