The rise of Nintendo Switch

Aqilah Rahman

Nintendo recently released its second quarter financial results for fiscal year 2021, sharing that as of September 30, 68.30 million units of Nintendo Switch have been sold worldwide to individual customers.

The figure combines the sales of the original Switch model and its handheld-only counterpart, Switch Lite. The original Switch model sold 57 million units, which accounts to over 80 per cent of the total Switch sales.

With over 68 million units sold, the Switch officially overtook the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Next up is 2DS/3DS family with over 75 million units sold. There is a good chance the Switch will narrow the gap soon, given that it sold 6.86 million units from July 1 to September 30.

According to the financial report, Nintendo recorded a 139.4 per cent year-on-year increase for its digital sales. This includes sales of digital games and downloadable content (DLC), among others.

Digital games contribute to over 63 per cent of the overall digital sales. It was shared that sales of DLC including Pokémon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass and Fighter Pass Vol 2 for Super Smash Bros Ultimate also increased.

Gameplay of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, one of Nintendo’s best-selling games as of September 30. PHOTO: NINTENDO EDP
Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 26.04 million copies as of September 30. PHOTO: LINA G

In addition to the increasing sales of indie games and digital-only games, Nintendo also said the Nintendo Switch Online sales have been steady.

The financial report also notes that 2020 marks the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. To celebrate this special occasion, Nintendo is introducing a new line of products, in addition to the recently released Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, where players control an actual cart with their Switch while driving through an obstacle course in real life.

On November 13, Nintendo will release the limited edition Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros, based on the original Game & Watch edition that came out in Japan in 1980.

Nintendo will be shipping the game to retailers until approximately March 31, next year or while supplies last. It features three classic Nintendo games: Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels and Ball.

In addition to having three games, the new Game & Watch also has a Mario-themed digital clock and an alarm system.

Meanwhile, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is scheduled to be released in February 2021. It is based on the original Wii U console edition released in 2013, featuring co-op gameplay, creative levels and powerups. More details will be revealed soon.

Nintendo also recently updated its list of best-selling games.

It was shared that, as of September 30, the top three are Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (28.99 million), Animal Crossing: New Horizons (26.04 million) and Super Smash Bros Ultimate (21.10 million).

Other games on the list include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (19.74 million), Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield (19.02 million), Super Mario Odyssey (18.99 million), Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! (12.49 million), Super Mario Party (12.10 million), Splatoon 2 (11.27 million) New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (8.32 million).

Super Mario 3D All-Stars sold over five million copies since its release in September. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, one of the biggest hits on Nintendo Switch this year, sold over 26 million copies and is on its way to overtake Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

One of the most anticipated upcoming releases is Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which is set 100 years before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch on November 20.