Nintendo’s latest investor report is here, bringing together the facts and figures for the nine month period ending December 31, 2018. As always, we’ll run down the essentials.
For starters, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has become the best-selling Switch game, at 15.02 million units sold. Impressively, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has already rocketed above Breath of the Wild to take the third bestseller list, despite not even being a month old at the time. It sold 12.08 million units. Finally, both Pokémon: Let’s Go! games hit the 10 million mark exactly.
There’s also the impressive fact that 5 games have already crossed the 10 million units sold mark, before the Switch has even entered its third year. For comparison, the 3DS has 7 titles that have over 10 million units sold, while the Wii U had none at all.
Unfortunately it looks like Nintendo will miss its very ambitious hardware sales targets. The company originally planned to sell 20 million Switch units this fiscal year, and while it’s managed an impressive 15 million as of December 31st, Nintendo’s revised the target estimation to 17 million units. Still, the system performed very well over the holidays, with a 19.5% increase on last year. Software fared even better, with a whopping 100% increase on the same period last year.
The pivot away from 3DS has become even more apparent too on the side of consumers, with a drop of 60.5% when it comes to 3DS hardware sales and 64.5% decrease for 3DS software. Still, the system is still pulling in numbers in the millions, so Nintendo will likely keep supporting it for quite some time.
Finally, when it comes to mobile, we’ve already reported on the Mario Kart Tour delay but Nintendo has increased its year-on-year revenue from mobile by 14.7% to 33.3 billion yen.
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