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Nintendo Switch surpasses 100 million units sold –

Nintendo Switch sales have overtaken the Nintendo Wii, but global semiconductor shortages are expected to slow down the hybrid console’s strong performance. In the midst of the crisis, the Japanese company announced in a fiscal report released this Thursday (3) a new cut forecast for the manufacture of the device.

The Switch has sold 103.54 million units since its launch in 2017, surpassing the Wii’s 101.63 million units sold between 2006 and 2013. With the numbers, the hybrid video game has become one of Nintendo’s three most popular consoles, second in sales only to the Game Boy (118.69 million units sold) and the Nintendo DS (154.02 million). The Switch is also consolidated as the fifth best-selling video game in history, a step ahead of the PlayStation 4 (116.9 million), but still far from the first place, the PlayStation 2 (155.1 million).

Console units sold Launch Manufacturer
Playstation 2 155.1 million 2000 Sony
Nintendo DS 154.02 million 2004 Nintendo
Game Boy 118.69 million 1989 Nintendo
Playstation 4 116.9 million 2016 Sony
Nintendo Switch 103.54 million 2017 Nintendo
PlayStation 102.49 million 1994 Sony
Wii 101.63 million 2006 Nintendo
Playstation 3 87.4 million 2006 Sony
Xbox 360 84 million 2005 Microsoft

The latest fiscal report at Nintendo points out that the company has sold 18.95 million Switch units in the last nine months, including all three versions of the console (Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch OLED). The number marks a drop in the sale of machines by 21.4% compared to the previous year.

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By the end of the fiscal year in March 2022, Nintendo expects to sell 23 million Switch units. The forecast released on Thursday is lower than the 24 million, shared in the latest investor release. The drop, driven by the manufacturing cut, is the result of the absence of semiconductors in the market, which also makes the relationship between supply and demand for other consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X and Series S deficient.

Sony’s most recent fiscal report, released this Wednesday (2), showed that the PS5 sold less than the PlayStation 4 in a year of its life due to production cuts. The crisis caused Sony to cut its full-year PlayStation 5 sales forecast from 14.8 million units to 11.5 million.

Selling digital games

Despite the drop in hardware sales, Nintendo took a good chunk of revenue and profit from users buying games online. The report notes that the company increased operating profit by 10% over the last year, generating 695.94 billion yen ($32 billion) of revenue between September and December 2021 alone.

Digital sales, which include game downloads, expansions and subscription services, were up 31% from the same period last year. The report notes that the increase was driven by the success of games like Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearlin addition to the continued success of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The Sinnoh region remakes weren’t a critical success, but they did hit the 13 million-unit mark, entering the ninth spot among the best-selling Switch games.

Check out the list of best-selling exclusive games on Nintendo Switch with the updated data:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 43.35 million
  2. Animal Crossing – New Horizons: 37.62 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 27.40 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild: 25.80 million
  5. Pokemon Sword/Shield: 23.90 million
  6. Super Mario Odyssey: 23.02 million
  7. Super Mario Party: 17.39 million
  8. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Let’s Go, Eevee!: 14.33 million
  9. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl: 13.97 million
  10. Ring Fit Adventure: 13.53 million

With the launch of Pokemon Legends: Arceus and the company’s 2022 calendar, which includes games like Bayonetta 3, Splatoon 3the sequence of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Kirby and the Forgotten LandNintendo raised its operating profit forecast to 560 billion yen.

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