Nintendo Switch now plans to overtake the SNES to become Nintendo’s second most popular home console. Nintendo’s third-quarter earnings are out, and the numbers are pretty impressive indeed. Between July to September, Nintendo sold 4.4 million Switch consoles, bringing the lifetime sales total to a staggering 41.67 million units. With 3.19 million Switch consoles during the same period last year, this year’s numbers indicate a straight 50 percent increase.
Nintendo revealed that in April the Nintendo’s hybrid console overtook the N64’s lifetime sales, and now is aiming at overthrowing SNES over the holidays. Talking about hard numbers, Nintendo Switch needs to sell 7.43 million more units within the next quarter to occupy SNES’s spot. Switch surpassing SNES’s sale doesn’t seem a long shot either as Nintendo, last year, managed to sell 9.41 million units over the Christmas period.
Two quarters of the fiscal year in and Nintendo is only 11 million units away from reaching its target of 18 million Switch sales. You go Nintendo! While Switch is the hope of the Nintendo family, Switch Lite has turned out to be the black sheep of the family. Switch lite, a cheaper and handheld- only system, has sold a total of 1.95 million units during its last quarter. It might not seem as big numbers but it will because the hardware was released on September 20th and Nintendo’s last quarter ended on September 30th.
Coming onto Nintendo’s software sales, Fire Emblem: Three Houses sold a total of 2.29 million units till date whereas, the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening sold a total of 3.13 million units. In total, the software sales crossed the threshold of 35.87 million units which included Untitled Goose Game along with other high profile releases.
Another thing that needs to be considered, to sum up, Nintendo’s sales is their Mobile efforts. Nintendo made a total of 9.9 million yen, that’s roughly $183 million during their last quarter which is not as good considering their previous sales. Since its last financial quarter, the company released two mobile games: Dr. Mario World and Mario Kart Tour both of which failed to impress the gamers. Dr. Mario World is free to play game and is a centric puzzler.
The game was developed by Nintendo alongside Line, the Japanese messaging giant. Meanwhile, Mario Kart Tour is a touch-based racing game which failed to do well in the market. The game was criticized heavily for its dull currencies and loot box system.
“For our mobile business, operations will focus on efforts that encourage consumers to continue to enjoy playing the new Dr. Mario World and Mario Kart Tour applications, as well as existing applications that were released in previous fiscal years, ” the statement was released by Nintendo during its latest earnings report indicating that it won’t be releasing any new apps this financial year.Source
But that doesn’t mean Nintendo does not have anything else to look forward to. The company has already released the fitness-focused Ring Fit Adventure which was launched on October 18th whereas the much-awaited Luigi’s Mansion 3 is set to come just in time for Halloween. Pokemon Sword and Shield, Just Dance 2020, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020 and Switch port of Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy are just some of the titles of the big releases over the holiday season.