Nintendo Co., Ltd. has released their sales numbers for the final fiscal quarter (January 1 to March 31) of the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
The Switch sold 4.11 million in the quarter and is now at 107.65 million lifetime-to-date. The breakdown for the Switch family of systems was 1.77 million for the original model, 530,000 for the Lite, and 1.81 million for the OLED. Since this is the end of the fiscal year, the total number of Switches sold in the 2021 to 2022 period were 23.06 million. Nintendo goes on to say that this was the “second-highest FY sell-through since Nintendo Switch launch” and that “annual playing users growing steadily, exceeding 100 million”. Similarly to last quarter, however, the ongoing semiconductor has resulted in a 20% decrease year-on-year. Because of this, projections for the current fiscal have been adjusted down to 21 million Switches sold.
Software sales were at 55.77 million for the quarter (which is down from the 85 million of the previous quarter) while the fiscal year as a whole ended out at 235.07 million units (1.8 % year-on-year increase). Notable software sales include the Pokémon Legends: Arceus selling 12.64 million and Kirby & The Forgotten Land selling 2.65 million (in only one week). Other software sales for the quarter include Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl selling 680,000 (14.65 LTD), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling 1.98 million (9.94 for the year, 45.33 LTD), and Animal Crossing: New Horizons selling 1.02 million (6.02 for the year, 38.64 LTD). Interestingly, fiscal year digital sales were up at 359.6 billion yen (an increase of 4.5% year-on-year). Regardless, software sales projections have been adjusted down to 210 million.
Other details of note include mobile and IP related income at 53.3 billion yen (6.5% decrease year-on-year), net sales reaching 1,695.3 billion yen, and operating profit at 592.7 billion yen. Nintendo also announced a stock split for “increasing liquidity of the Company’s shares and further expanding the Company’s investor base”.
Dave’s first Nintendo platform was the GameCube when he was age 7; however, he was introduced to Nintendo through Duck Hunt on NES.