Nintendo Co., Ltd. has released their sales numbers for the first fiscal quarter (April 1 to June 30) of the 2022-2023 fiscal year.
The Switch sold 3.43 million in this first quarter and is now at 111.08 million lifetime-to-date. The breakdown for the Switch family was 1.32 for the original model, 1.52 for the OLED model, and 0.59 for the Lite. Just like the last few quarters, overall Switch hardware declined by 22.9% year-on-year when compared to the first quarter of last year’s fiscal year. Nintendo explains the decline as a result of the ongoing semiconductor shortage, but they expect the supply to improve by autumn, especially in preparation for the holiday season (they will “leverage the appropriate means of shipment”). The projection for hardware still remains at 21 million.
Along with the relatively low hardware sales, software sales were at 41.41 million units for the quarter (a 8.6% decrease year-on-year). Despite the overall decrease, Nintendo does note that first-party software sell-through increased year-on-year reaching the second highest level for a first quarter since the system’s launch. Notable software sales include Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling 1.48 million (46.82 LTD), Kirby & The Forgotten Land selling 1.88 million (4.53 LTD), Mario Strikers: Battle League debuting at 1.91 million, and Nintendo Switch Sports debuting at 4.45 million. It’s worth noting that The Forgotten Land is now 600,000 units away from becoming the best selling game in the series since the original game on Game Boy sold 5.13 million.
Other details of note include digital sales at 88 billion yen (a 16% increase), mobile and IP related income at 10.9 billion (a 17% decrease), playing cards at 0.8 billion (57% increase), and operating profit at 101.6 billion (15% decrease).
Dave’s first Nintendo platform was the GameCube when he was age 7; however, he was introduced to Nintendo through Duck Hunt on NES.