Nintendo Switch Surpasses NES Sales with 68 Million Units

Nintendo Co., Ltd. has released their hardware sales for the second fiscal quarter of the 2020-2021 fiscal year. This quarter covers a three-month period from July 1 to September 31 of this year. 

First up, the 3DS is now at 75.94 million units, after selling 70,000 units in the quarter. It looks like 3DS will tap out at 76 million. Interestingly, it sold 1.05 million units of software in the quarter.

Next up, the Nintendo Switch which is now at 68.30 million units, after selling 6.85 million units in the quarter. The sales breakdown of the Nintendo Switch family is 5.3 million of the flagship/launch model and 1.85 million of the Switch Lite. This makes the Nintendo Switch the second best-selling Nintendo home console, behind the Wii since it has surpassed the 61.91 million units of the NES. The Switch is slowly creeping up on the aforementioned 3DS sales.

Nintendo mentions how Switch hardware sales have “remained strong, despite the negative impact of the strong yen”. Ir has been selling well in various regions like Australia and in the Asia region, which includes China since Switch launched there last year. Nintendo has also re-entered the Brazilian market recently, so it’s safe to say that strong sales will continue.

Speaking of continuing strong, it looks like Nintendo is increasing the initial 19.00 million units for Switch hardware by 5 million to 24.00 million units for the fiscal year ending March 2021. Between the popular (also, time-limited) Super Mario 3D All-Stars and the evergreen Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it becomes apparent they will need more shipments. With the holidays coming up, Nintendo assures investors that they are “working to deliver products to consumers as soon as possible”.

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