Nintendo continues to be a powerhouse and it’s financial performance and unit sales are a testament to that power. The company reported earnings for a nine-month period (ending December 31st, 2020), in which they made 376.6 billion yen profit. That far surpasses the profit of 196.4 billion from the same period in 2019. Last year, Nintendo racked in a total of 1.4 trillion yen, compared to the same period in 2019.
The Nintendo Switch is a shining star for the company, selling 11.57 million units during the holiday quarter, climbing to a total of 79.87 million units over its lifetime. Analyst Daniel Ahmad pointed out that over its first 46 months, the Switch is selling faster than the PS4, Wii and the best selling console of all time, the PS2. You can see a chart below:
Nintendo’s digital game sale also grew by more than 100% during 2020, while the total percentage of game sold digitally reached 40.9%, up 12.3%.
The company also updated its list of first-party game sales, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe leading with 33.4 million copies sold. It’s followed closely be Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which sold an amazing 31.18 million copies in under a year. Other popular titles sold well, like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (22.85), Breath of the Wild (21.45) and Pokémon Sword/Shield (20.35 million). You can check out the chart below:
Animal Crossing did so well, it’s the first console exclusive, ever, to sell over 30 million copies in its first year.