Sales of Nintendo’s Change video gaming consoles have actually gone beyond those of their predecessor – the 3DS – regardless of being offered for a much shorter duration.
The company said 79.87 million units had actually been sold because its March 2017 launch.
The figures accompanied the Japanese company’s financial results, which saw it declare a record 377bn yen ($ 3.6 bn) earnings for the April-December period.
Experts attribute the Change’s success to the appeal of Animal Crossing, to name a few family-friendly exclusives.
Super Mario 3D World – which goes on sale on 12 February – is expected to offer it with an additional boost.
Nintendo ended production of its 3DS portable in September 2020 and says it sold 75.94 million units over its nine-and-a-half year lifetime.
The Switch first went on sale in 2017, and was joined by a lower-cost design – the Switch Lite – in 2019, which is likewise included in the tally.
The company stated demand for the makers was 35.8% up on the very same period the previous year, with a total of 24.1 million units offered over the last 9 months of 2020.
Nintendo’s president Shuntaro Furukawa stated that the business had adequate components to continue producing the gadgets – despite larger industry shortages – and it now anticipated to offer 26.5 million of the consoles over the fiscal year as a whole. That represents 10% more than its previous guidance.
He added that there were no plans to release a follower in the near term. Nevertheless, there is continued speculation the company will unveil a “professional” variation of the Change before the end of 2021.
” The sales success of the Switch validates Nintendo’s decision to stick to its item method of integrating special and ingenious dedicated video games hardware with engaging first-party games,” Piers Harding-Rolls from Ampere Analysis informed the BBC.
” In some cases this approach fizzles – see the Wii U for instance – however when it works it tends to result in extremely successful products.
” Plainly the stand apart hit is the 30-million-selling Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a gentle, sociable video game that will be associated with lockdown for many people.”
Regardless of the Switch’s success, it still has some method to precede surpassing sales of four of the company’s other consoles: