Look back three years ago and Nintendo was barely in the game. The Wii U was a massive failure for various reasons and the only product that was keeping the big N afloat was the 3DS. Today it’s a very different story as the Nintendo Switch has become a huge success for the Japanese corporate giant. The Switch has now officially sold 32 million units worldwide via an earnings report.
In the last quarter of 2018 Nintendo sold 9.41 million units and 52.51 software (games) in the same period. They also dropped their forecast of 20 million units sold by March 2019 (for the year) to 17 million. The 3DS, by comparison, is now on borrowed time, as indicated by its hardware sales below when compared to the Switch
Here are the sales numbers so far for Nintendo first-party games:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 15.02 million
Super Mario Odyssey – 13.76 million
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 12.08 million
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 11.68 million
Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 10.00 million
Splatoon 2 – 8.27 million
Super Mario Party – 5.30 million
1-2 Switch – 2.86 million
Mario Tennis Aces – 2.53 million
Kirby: Star Allies – 2.42 million
In total Nintendo sold 163.61 million games around the world. What brings a smile to our face is that this success comes off the brilliance of traditional games, with no ‘motion controls’ or other silly gimmick nonsense in sight. This is good.