Nintendo sold 4.8 million Switch consoles last quarter alone, bringing lifetime sales to 41.67 million. That’s a 50 percent increase on the 3.19 million Switch consoles that were sold during the same period last year if you are keeping score. Nintendo’s hybrid console surpassed the N64’s lifetime sales in April and now it looks like it will surpass the SNES over the holidays.
The Switch needs 7.43 million sales to pass the 16-bit console next quarter and last year it did 9.41 million sales over the Christmas period. With two quarters down, Nintendo is also 11 million away from its fiscal year target (which ends in March 2020) of 18 million Switch sales. Not bad.
Nintendo’s numbers were boosted by the Switch Lite, which is a cheaper and handheld-only system. The company reported 1.95 million units sold, which is a decent number since the hardware was released on September 20th and Nintendo’s last quarter ended on September 30th.
Nintendo’s games are also selling well. Fire Emblem: Three Houses sold 2.29 million units to date. The remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has sold 3.13 million. These titles, alongside Untitled Goose Game and other high-profile releases, pushed software sales to 35.87 million during the quarter.
Looking ahead, Nintendo’s investors have plenty to be excited about. The company has already released the fitness-focused Ring Fit Adventure and Luigi’s Mansion 3 comes out today, just in time for Halloween. Nintendo is doing great.
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