Now we’ve moved into August it’s time for Nintendo to drop its latest financial report, this time for the three month period ending June 30, 2023. Naturally that means Nintendo’s biggest game of the year is in the spotlight, with it being confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has already shifted over 18.51 million copies. This places Link’s latest adventure within the Switch’s top 10 selling games and as the second best performing game in the franchise. It’s still over 12 million units from matching Breath of the Wild’s numbers, though.
In terms of numbers, hardware sales are up 13.9% compared to the same period last year while software is up 26.1%.
Of course it’s not just video games that are doing well for Nintendo. The report also covers The Super Mario Bros. Movie and touches upon how its promotion and success led to stronger Mario game sales. Nintendo reports as of July 30th, 2023, that 168.10 million people around the world have seen the film, making it the best performing video game movie and the second highest performing animated film of all time. It has also seen Nintendo’s IP and Mobile-related business division post a 190.1% increase in sales compared to the same period last year.
In response to the film’s success Nintendo reiterates that they “will continue our efforts towards visual content-related initiatives” to give new opportunities for consumers to encounter the company’s IP.
As for the future of the Switch, Nintendo plans to “not only to put one system in every home, but several in every home, or even one for every person” while noting the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Super Mario RPG remake, and Pokémon Scarlet & Violet DLC.