Nintendo gaming recap: Switch financial reports and tons of Pokémon news – iMore
Hello hello, and welcome to this week’s Nintendo gaming recap! The last few days have been bursting with Pokémon news as we learned that Pokémon HOME will be getting a long-anticipated update, a new Pokémon Unite fighter is coming next week, and Legends: Arceus has sold very well. In other news, Nintendo released its financial reports showing us how the Switch is doing five years into its lifespan. Additionally, there was both an Indie World showcase and a Monster Hunter Digital Event which gave us a look at upcoming games and paid DLC.
Nintendo Switch sets new record sales against PS4 and 3DS
Source: Rebecca Spear / iMore
This week, Nintendo revealed it’s latest financial report, which showed that digital Switch game sales are on the rise while Switch console sales have decreased compared to this time last year. This decrease was to be expected due to semiconductor and chip shortages, which have made it harder for Nintendo to produce as many consoles.
Still, the Nintendo Switch has continued to prove itself a rolling stone five years after launch by hitting some new records in the U.S. Worldwide, the Switch has sold 107.65 million units as of March. As reported by VGChartz, the hybrid console has officially outsold the number of PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles sold in the U.S. as well as Nintendo’s own 3DS handheld sales in Japan.
Best-selling console sales worldwide
|Console||Unit sales (Millions)|
|Nintendo DS family||154.02|
|Game Boy & Game Boy Color||118.69|
As of right now, the only systems that have sold more worldwide than the Switch are the PS4, Game Boy/Game Boy Color, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation 2. What’s more, with the PS4 being at the end of its life cycle and the Switch reportedly only being in the middle, we can expect the sales gap between the two to continue narrowing. Given enough time left in the cycle and depending on the length of the chip shortage, the Switch could see itself much higher up this list.
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus sold incredibly well in first two months
As part of the Nintendo financial report, we learned the latest worldwide sales of the best-selling Switch games. One of the most surprising announcements was that Pokémon Legends: Arceus had sold 12.64 million copies by March and that number has undoubtedly grown since. This makes it the 13th best-selling Switch game of all time as of this last reporting.
Best-selling Switch games worldwide
|Switch game||Unit sales (Millions)|
|Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||45.33|
|Animal Crossing: New Horizons||38.64|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||28.17|
|The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild||26.55|
|Pokémon Sword and Shield||24.27|