Nintendo made profits for a huge vacation quarter with the Switch selling more consoles than ever before. A total of 11.57 million consoles have been moved, meaning the Switch has sold nearly 80 million times since its launch in 2017. Nintendo has raised its forecast for the fiscal year ended March 31st to 26.5 million Switch units, raising its net profit estimate 33 percent to 400 billion yen, or around $ 3.82 billion.
The Switch has now oversold the 3DS in terms of lifetime sales. The older handheld reached a total of 75.94 million units before production ended. Only 730,000 3DS games shipped in the last quarter, which underscores that the platform is truly dead at this point.
It’s also been a huge quarter for Nintendo in terms of software sales, with nearly 76 million units sold. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons both have passed the 30 million mark for the first time The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokémon sword / shield have now sold more than 20 million each.
Nintendo has already raised its forecast for the fiscal year from 19 million to 24 million Switch units three months agociting the increased demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with more than 12 million consoles shipped at this point in the year, that was still a fairly conservative forecast. last holiday area Nintendo shipped nearly 11 million consoles.
The biggest Switch title in the next quarter should be Capcoms Monster Hunter Risewhile extended Wii U port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Rage also coming later this month. Both games will be offered as part of Switch hardware bundles, which could further increase Switch sales for the remainder of the fiscal year.