Published: Sat, April 27, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Nintendo Switch sales have sailed past N64 lifetime shipments

Nintendo Switch sales have sailed past N64 lifetime shipments

Software titles have also underperformed, with 119 million software units sold in Nintendo's last fiscal year, less than the expected 121 million units. Ultimate. More details on that will be given soon.

Finally, there's the slide below, which doesn't really tell us anything new but it really sets up how packed the 2019 Fiscal Year is shaping up to be.

Nintendo largely credits that upswing to strong software sales on the Nintendo Switch.

"Nintendo is also shifting away from measuring its success via the "tie ratio", which is calculated by dividing the number of software units sold by the number of hardware units sold".

The Kyoto-based company behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises recorded a 194 billion yen ($1.7 billion) annual profit. The Switch sold 2.47 million more units in the first three months of this year, pushing its lifetime sales to 34.74 million and eclipsing the N64's 32.93 million.

On mobile, Nintendo's IP related income rose by 17 percent year-over-year to 46.0 billion yen ($411.8 million), and the company seemed particularly pleased with the performance of Dragalia Lost.

Hope you like the hardware, because it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. After all, should the Big N eventually put out a smaller Switch in 2019 that focuses exclusively on the system's portability, the company could cater primarily to on-the-go gamers and manage to continue cornering that niche market where the Nintendo 3DS has succeeded.

Bloomberg also echoes Nikkei in suggesting that a "more powerful version" of the system, rumored by the WSJ, is not now in the works. This would be the opposite of the strategy the company used with the Wii U, which launched in 2012, a year before the PS4 and Xbox One. Those are tough numbers to match, but Switch's pace of 17 million per year is impressive in its own right. This is, however, strictly speculation on our part - Nintendo has given no sign that it will go head-to-head with Sony or Microsoft in 2020 with its own refresh cycle.

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