Nintendo Switch posts 85 million units sold, breaks lifetime sales records

A Nintendo Switch running Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The Nintendo Switch is making records, selling almost 85 million units in its current life cycle. The Japanese company is breaking lifetime sales records too.

In a year where Playstation and Microsoft are putting record numbers, it seems Nintendo is not far behind too. The Nintendo Switch is putting up lifetime record numbers for its mother company, shipping 84.59 million units as of March 31, 2021.

These numbers exceed the lifetime sales of the Xbox 360 at 84 million. The Switch is also the bestselling Nintendo console of all time.

Switch sells almost 5 million units in three months

The Switch is the last mainstream handheld device in the market now. During its launch in March 2017, it was one of the weirdest but most awesome gimmick products out there. The idea of a hybrid home and portable console made it the first of its kind.

Now, the Switch is selling millions upon millions of units with some of the best IPs. Nintendo sold as many as 4.72 million units to close their fiscal year. Their lifetime sales by December 31, 2020, came at 79.87 million units.

Nintendo listed an annual revenue of $16.59 billion, their highest revenue in a decade. This comes at a 34.4% year over year for the Japanese company, with an operating profit of $ 6.04 billion. These numbers put them at an 81.8% year over year, the highest ever recorded for the company.

Nintendo shipped 587 million software units for Switch’s lifetime

The extreme sales growth of the Nintendo Switch comes from several consistently good IP for the platform. Nintendo shipped as many as 28.8 million Switch units in its last fiscal year. For this period, the company is looking at shipping 25.5 million units by March 2022.

As for title sales, Animal Crossing: New Horizons became one of 2020’s bestselling titles. The standout title sold as many as 20.85 million units. A distant second is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at 10.62 million and Super Mario 3D All-Stars at 9.01 million.

Software sales for the platform went as high as 230.88 million units by March 31. These units represented a 36.8% year on year, with up to 36 titles selling over a million units over this 12-month period. Out of the 36 Switch titles, 22 were first-party IP.

Nintendo also noted that digital sales accounted for 42.8% of total software, compared to the previous year’s 34%. Nintendo Switch has already sold as many as 587.12 million units throughout its lifetime.

Featured image courtesy of Nintendo/YouTube Screenshot

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