Earlier this week Nintendo revealed its third-quarter earnings report. This covers the period between April 2019 and December 2019. As is always the case with these reports, we got some interesting figures to dive into and a few notable highlights. Right off the bat, the most talked-about number is that Switch sales have hit the 52.4 million sold mark. According to Destructoid, this now pushes the Switch past the popular SNES (Super Famicom) lifetime sales mark of just over 49 million.
On the software side of things, the somewhat controversial Pokémon Sword and Shield games have sold amazingly well. According to Venture Beat, Nintendo revealed these sales have hit 16.06 million. To put that into some perspective, the massively popular titles of Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold around 16.59 and 16.34 million copies respectively. Thanks to these numbers, Reuters confirmed that Nintendo “post(ed) its highest quarterly profit in 10 years”. Yet, despite this strong showing, overall shares are actually down 4% this year.
The bigger picture
Nintendo CEO, Shuntaro Furukawa, also mentioned that the tragic events surrounding the coronavirus epidemic have impacted the Switch production in China. This is one of those rare cases where our favourite (but relatively trivial) pastime is touched by much more important and serious world events – perhaps bringing everything into clearer perspective. Sadly, 170 people have already died from the virus and more than 7,818 cases have been confirmed (as per the latest figures available via The New York Times at the time of writing). The “World Health Organisation will soon meet to decide if the epidemic is a global emergency“.