The Japanese entertainment giant Nintendo continues its success story with the Nintendo Switch. The group disclosed over 55 million sold consoles in its recently published annual report. No less impressive are the sales of the currently most successful games for Nintendo Switch. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is particularly popular with fans and has long since blossomed into the most successful offshoot of the Life Sim series.


The Nintendo Switch remains popular with fans. The hybrid console went over the counter around 3,3 million times in the last quarter alone, with around one million sales being attributable to the Switch Lite. That leaves 2.3 million "regular hybrid console" sales. The switch remains a driving force for Nintendo: in the past alone Financial year From April 2019 to March 2020 Nintendo was able to sell around 21 million NIntendo Switches, while the group expects around 19 million sales by March 2021 for the current year.

Nintendo Switch: Over 55 million consoles sold

In total, the Nintendo Switch has already been purchased 55,77 million times since its release, 6,2 of which are accounted for by the Switch Lite - the Nintendo Switch has now overtaken the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). A great success for Nintendo - and a reward for the group for the courage that was taken when the focus on a new console was not on performance, but on innovation.

Sales on the software side are no less successful. Nintendo was able to sell around 168,7 million titles in the past fiscal year. Much of this is accounted for by ten top titles for Nintendo Switch:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 24,8 million
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 18,8 million
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 17,4 million
  • Super Mario Odyssey - 17,4 million
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield - 17,4 million
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 13,4 million
  • Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! - 12,0 million
  • Splatoon 2 - 10,1 million
  • Super Mario Party - 10,1 million
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - 6,7 million

Mario Kart is by far the top seller for Nintendo Switch. Pokemon Heavy and Shield also goes well over the counter.

The golden Super Mario goes to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: The Racer still ranks at the top. Image: Nintendo

The golden Super Mario goes to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: The Racer still ranks at the top. Image: Nintendo

In the meantime, the Pokemon double has secured a place among the top 5 bestsellers and Pokemon games. Remarkable: Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Party have also exceeded the mileage of ten million sales in the meantime.

In any case, Nintendo is overall satisfied with the software sales: 27 titles were able to sell more than a million times in the past financial year - 18 first-party titles, nine third-party productions. The big story, however, lies hidden behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the way to the top position?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sells like sliced ​​bread. The Life-Sim has so far drawn around 13,4 million fans under its spell and thus secured sixth place in the top ten. It won't stay that way - Animal Crossing: New Horizons is on its way to the top. It is currently not foreseeable whether it will be enough for the crown in the end. After all, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales would then have to almost double again. 

Party like an animal! The Switch offshoot of the Life-Sim is currently selling extremely well. Image: Nintendo

Party like an animal! The Switch offshoot of the Life-Sim is currently selling extremely well. Image: Nintendo

Even more impressive than the sales in the first six weeks are those within ten days of publication: Around 11,8 million copies of Animal Crossing's first Switch offshoot were sold in this short period of time.

With regular updates, Nintendo will update the Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales presumably can screw up even further. In any case, the support from the developers will be assured of the Life-Sim in view of the great start.


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