Nintendo Switch achieves sales milestone thanks to ‘Pokemon’ and ‘Animal Crossing’

Nintendo Switch sales are up thanks to Animal Crossing and Pokemon, which provided sky-high financial figures for Nintendo.

The Nintendo Switch has achieved another milestone with 55million lifetime sales over the last fiscal year, which ended last March 31, 2020. The level of sales the Nintendo Switch is now comparable to all-time greats such as the Wii and PlayStation 2.

The console is now more successful compared to the Wii U, which only reached 13.5 million consoles and 102 million game copies. The Japanese gaming giant announced that it sold 21 million units for the previous year, which exceeded analysts’ predictions.

The company’s full-year revenue increased by almost 10% to $12 million (18 billion AUD).

Software sales

Looking into Nintendo’s software sales, a whopping 169 million were sold last year, up by 42% year on year. Today, the total games sold on the Switch stands at 356 million.

Pokemon Sword and Shield sold over 17 million copies. This is currently the best total sales of any Pokemon game launching. As per reports, Sword and Shield are on track to becoming the second most popular Pokemon game. The game just behind the Game Boy Color classics, Gold and Silver.

Meanwhile, Animal Crossing: New Horizons also sold roughly 12 million copies within its first two weeks. This amazing feat made it Nintendo Switch’s fastest-selling game ever. Animal Crossing is now ranked 7th of the best-selling games on the console, but everyone knows that the game’s climb to the top is not over yet.

Effects of the pandemic

Nintendo is feeling cautious for the coming second half of 2020. Experts are reporting that game development has been heavily affected due to work from home settings.

Nintendo is expecting lower sales since they are launching a weaker game release slate that does not have any new Pokemon and Animal crossing titles.

Experts warn that prolonged or worsen COVID-19 conditions will delay the release of new game titles. Nintendo may not be able to commit to the release of their products and certain services as planned.

However, the company reported that they are anticipating that their sales and productions will be on track to meet the demands of the current year.

Nintendo has a long list of new games to launch including Xenoblade Chronicles Remastered, Pokemon Sword & Shield expansions, Bravely Default 2, Bayonetta 3 and Legend of.Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2.

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