×

Total Nintendo Switch Sales Near 35 Million as Nintendo Wraps Up Solid Fiscal Year

Nintendo sold about 2.5 million Switch systems in the fourth quarter ending in March, bringing the total of the systems sold for the fiscal year to just under 17 million units, the company reported Thursday. That 12.7% increase year-over-year, along with an 86.7% increase in software sales for the year, contributed to the company’s annual operating profit of 249.7 billion yen.

Despite the strong numbers, Nintendo delivered below analysts estimates, Bloomberg reports. Nintendo’s expectations to ship 18 million more consoles this year, also was below analyst expectations.

Nintendo has sold 34.74 million Switch since release as of the end of March, pushing it past the Nintendo 64’s lifetime sales and at about a third of the company’s massive Wii sales.

The year’s jump in software sales were thanks to the release of a number of major titles. “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” recorded sales of 13.81 million units, “Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu!” and “Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee!” sold 10.63 million units, and “Super Mario Party” sold 6.4 million units. And “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” sold 7.47 million unit

The company also sold 5.95 million units of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition and Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition.

On the mobile front, IP related income was 46.0 billion yen, a 17.0% increase year-over-year.

Predictably, the Nintendo 3DS continues to drop, with hardware sales down 60.2% compared to the previous year, and software sales down 62.9%.

Looking forward, Nintendo points to this month’s release of “Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit” and the coming releases of “Super Mario Maker 2” in June, “Fire Emblem: Three Houses in July,” as well as “Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield,” “Animal Crossing,” and “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” as primary drivers for the system.

“We aim to contribute to momentum of the platform by continuously introducing attractive new titles in addition to popular titles already released,” according to the company’s earnings report.

The company also noted the release of “Dr. Mario World” and “Mario Kart Tour”  on mobile.

Popular on Variety

More Gaming

  • JoJo Siwa'The Angry Birds Movie 2'

    Nickelodeon Star JoJo Siwa Gets Her Own Dance-Tour Mobile Game (EXCLUSIVE)

    Fans of JoJo Siwa will be able to join the teen influencer’s dance squad on stage — virtually — in a new mobile game. In “JoJo Siwa — Live to Dance,” players will become part of the Nickelodon and YouTube star’s worldwide tour on her professional dance team and experience what it’s like to be [...]

  • Game Awards OrchestraThe Game Awards, Show,

    The Game Awards 2019 Sets December Date, Will Live-Stream Across 45 Platforms

    The Game Awards 2019, the fifth annual video game industry kudosfest, will be held Dec. 12 in Los Angeles and will be live-streamed for free again on more than 45 different platforms worldwide. The Game Awards is an annual celebration of video games and the people who make them, created and executive produced by Geoff [...]

  • HTC Vive Cosmos

    HTC Replaces HTC Vive With New $699 Vive Comos VR Headset

    HTC is getting ready to retire the headset that was central to its expansion into the virtual reality market 3 years ago: The company announced on Thursday that its new Vive Comos headset will effectively replace the original HTC Vive, which was first released in April of 2016. “It was time to upgrade our consumer [...]

  • Sohu logo

    China's Sohu Seeks Games Consolidation With $500 Million Bid for Changyou

    Sohu, one of China’s Internet pioneers, is offering to buy out its games subsidiary Changyou in a deal that values Changyou at $532 million. Both companies currently have their shares listed on NASDAQ, but if the deal goes ahead Changyou would lose its separate stock listing. Sohu, which has interests covering search, digital advertising and [...]

  • marvel lenovo ar

    Lenovo, Disney Launch Marvel AR Headset

    Lenovo has once again teamed up with Disney to bring one of the studio’s iconic franchises to augmented reality (AR). After first launching the “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges” AR headset in 2017, the two companies are back with a new “Marvel Dimension of Heroes” experience running on slightly revamped hardware. News of Lenovo and Disney [...]

  • Cyberpunk 2077

    'Cyberpunk 2077' Deep-Dive Shows More of Keanu Reeves' Johnny Silverhand (Watch)

    The Keanussance continues. Keanu Reeves made a surprise appearance at E3 in June, announcing that “The Matrix” star would be appearing in the upcoming role-playing video game “Cyberpunk 2077” as a non-playable character named Johnny Silverhand. And in a deep-dive video shown at the PAX West conference on Friday, attendees got a few more details [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content