Nintendo Switch Has Already Sold 4.7 Million Units
The results for Nintendo's April to June period are in, and it looks like the big N has made some significant progress from last year.
First off, total lifetime sales for the Switch are now at 4.7 million units. That's a pretty impressive number, and you have to assume it would be higher if people could find the damn thing in stores.
Not only is the Switch selling well, but game sales on the Switch are at 13.6 million units, meaning the average Switch owner has about two or three games. That's a really high attach rate for something that's only been on the market for a few months.
According to Reuters, Nintendo's net profit for the April-June period is about $144.95 million, which surpasses analysts expectations. Last year around this time, Nintendo had reported a net loss of around $45 million, so yeah, things are looking up.
Now let's look at some games. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 3.54 million units since it came out in late April. This means about 75% of Switch owners have Mario Kart. This should come as no surprise seeing as Mario Kart is always one of Nintendo's strongest franchises. Nintendo's latest IP, ARMS is also selling well. The game launched on June 18 and the quarter ended on June 30. In those two weeks, ARMS sold 1.18 million units. That's rather impressive for a new IP, especially one as niche as a fighter.
Keep in mind that Splatoon 2 released after June 30 so it will not show up until the second quarter earnings report, later in the year.
3DS sold about 1 million units and software sales for the handheld were at about 5.85 million, a notable decline, but hey, it's a fading system these days. It'll be interesting to see how the release of the New Nintendo 2DS XL does in the next quarter results, especially with the releases of games like Metroid: Samus Returns, Hey! Pikmin, and Miitopia.
Well Nintendo is doing great for the first time in a while, and without the Virtual Console, a proper online integration system, and more. Good for you, Nintendo.