Nintendo Switch Sales Reach 61.44 Million; Should Beat 3DS Next Year

Yolanda Curtis
August 6, 2020

Nintendo is one such company, and while they admit that they've had difficulty manufacturing units during this odd period, they say that Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite production is nearly back to normal.

Upcoming titles that Nintendo has flagged, including a sequel to Switch launch title Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, have no firm release dates.

That performance was driven by island life simulator Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which got off to a hot start in March with almost 12 million copies sold in its first 11 days. Furthermore, Animal Crossing: New Horizons accounted for over 40% of overall sell-through for Nintendo titles in Japan, the United States, and Europe for that same time.


Ring Fit Adventure, which had a product shortage issue from beginning in March, has sold over 4 million copies globally.

Speaking of software, Nintendo also had two new million-sellers released this quarter with Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition and Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics selling 1.32 million units and 1.03 million units, respectively.

Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that during the quarter lifetime software shipments for the Nintendo Switch surpassed the lifetime total shipped for the 3DS. The hybrid Nintendo Switch contributed 3.05 million units to that figure, while the portable-only Nintendo Switch Lite contributed 2.62 million.


In what is normally a lean quarter, Nintendo is seen posting an April-June profit surge at 71 billion yen ($670 million), according to Refinitiv SmartEstimate, based on the estimates of 12 analysts.

A recent Bloomberg report stated that Nintendo is on track to produce 25 million units of the Nintendo Switch this fiscal year; however, Nintendo has chosen not to increase its hardware sales forecast for the time being, and is sticking with its prior forecast of 19 million units for the year.

Lastly, Nintendo's mobile and IP-related income reach 13.2 billion yen (~$125.16 million USD), which is a 32.7% increase year-on-year.


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