The latest financial report for Nintendo shows the company has benefited greatly from the lockdown, with Switch sales up 166% on last year.
Millions of people stuck indoors with nothing to do has been a disaster for many industries this year, but not video games. And certainly not Nintendo.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons happened to come out just as lockdown began and was instantly sized upon as the perfect way to take your mind off real world problems, with its gentle, low-intensity gameplay and complete lack of pressure.
The franchise has always been successful but the latest financial report from Nintendo reveals that the game has now sold an incredible 22.4 million copies in less than four months, which is almost twice as much as previous entry Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
As you’d imagine, Switch sales haven’t exactly been slow either, despite the lack of other new games. In fact, the only thing that’s kept them back is stock issues that made the console difficult to get hold of for much of the lockdown (Nintendo claims that the situation has now ‘almost recovered’).
A total of 5.68 million consoles were sold in the three months between April and June, which is a 166% increase on the same time last year and brings the Switch’s lifetime total to 61.4 million.
Over 50 million Switch games were sold during the quarter, up 123% on last year, with revenues up by 230%. Or to put it another way: Nintendo has been raking it in this year.
Comparing Switch sales to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 should be impossible, because they both came out three years earlier. Despite that though the Switch is believed to have passed the Xbox One some time ago, although Microsoft refuses to release official sales figures.
Current estimates put the Xbox One at less than 50 million, while the last official figure from Sony had the PlayStation 4 at 110.4 million – an unassailable lead for the Switch unless it has an unusually long lifespan.
Animal Crossing has been so successful that over a third of all Switch owners now own a copy, making it the second most successful Switch game so far – behind only Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Paper Mario: The Original King has been the only other major first party Nintendo released this year but since that came out in July its figures aren’t covered in this report.
What we do know though is that Pokémon Sword and Shield now stands at 18.2 million copies, making it the most successful entry in the last 20 years and the third biggest overall.
Best-selling Nintendo Switch games
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) – 26.74 million
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020) – 22.40 million
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) – 19.99 million
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (2017) – 18.60 million
Pokémon Sword/Shield (2019) – 18.22 million
Super Mario Odyssey (2017) – 18.06 million
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! (2018) – 12.20 million
Super Mario Party (2018) – 10.94 million
Splatoon 2 (2017) – 10.71 million
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019) – 7.44 million
Ring Fit Adventure (2019) – 3.9 million
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (2020) – 1.32 million
51 Worldwide Games (2020) – 1.03 million
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