In its latest financial highlights report, Nintendo has announced that the Switch has sold a total 89.04 million units, including both the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. This comes as a slight decrease in sales from last year, with Nintendo admitting that the sales increase caused by Animal Crossing: New Horizons in 2020 was unlikely to be replicated. Nintendo’s comment reads:
“Hardware and software sales in the first quarter of last fiscal year were substantially driven by the March 2020 release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so compared to
then, hardware sales were down 21.7% and software sales were down 10.2% year-on-year.”
In the report, Nintendo also detailed amended total sales numbers for software, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe now sitting at an astonishing 37.08 million units, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons reaching 33.89 million sales in just over a single year. Some newcomers also sold well, with New Pokémon Snap reaching 2.07 million units since its release in April. Miitopia for Nintendo Switch has reached 1.04 million units since its release in May, and Mario Golf: Super Rush has also managed to sell 1.34 million copies since its release in June.
In the report, Nintendo also looked ahead to the release of the Nintendo Switch OLED model later this year, and how that will drive further sales, commenting;
“We also aim to expand Nintendo Switch sales by adding a new model equipped with a vibrant OLED display to the lineup in October. Nintendo Switch OLED model will give consumers another model option to choose from, to better suit their preferences and lifestyles.”
Our 3-month Financial Highlights for the Fiscal Year Ending March 2022 can now be found on our IR information website.https://t.co/I5fiiv1LeN
— 任天堂株式会社（企業広報・IR） (@NintendoCoLtd) August 5, 2021
With sales numbers still steadily increasing and new hardware on the horizon, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Nintendo Switch dethrone the mighty Wii soon and its lifetime sales of 101.63 million units, but it’s got a long way to go to catch up to the DS and it’s astonishing lifetime sales numbers of 154 million units.