Nintendo Financial Results - as of 31 March 2020

  • Nintendo's latest financial results are finally here, so I'll try to do a breakdown of the most notable figures.

    Hardware sales
    Software sales
    Financial Results Explanatory Material <-- read this one it's very well done


    • Switch hardware sales have now reached 55.77 million units. That's 3.29 million sold in Q4, as opposed to 2.47 in the same quarter last year. The Animal Crossing effect?
    • That's a total of 21.03 million sold in the entire financial year. Nintendo's original target was 18 million, so they beat it by 3 million, not bad!
    • Total software sales are now at 356.24 million. That's 45.59 million sold in Q4, for a total of 168.72 million this fiscal year. Keep reading to find out the main contributor...


    • The best-selling game is still Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 24.77 million, an additional 1.81 million in Q4. An evergreen title that will be near impossible to catch up with.


    • In second place, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with 18.84 million (+1.16 million in Q4, losing ground on Mario Kart).


    • Then there's a tie in third place! Both Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are at 17.41 million (in Q4, that's +0.82 for Mario, +1.07 for Zelda, so if the dynamic stays the same, Zelda should end up beating Mario when all is said and done).


    • But they'll probably both be knocked out of the podium by the end of next quarter anyway, because Pokémon Sword and Shield is breathing down their necks with 17.37 million (+1.31 in Q4). Which also means it has already passed the lifetime sales of all Pokémon titles from the DS onwards (Black/White, X/Y, Sun/Moon, + all the remakes), except Pokémon Diamond and Pearl still holding strong with 17.67 million.


    • Now let's talk about a little game called Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It came out on March 20th. As of March 31st, it had sold 11.77 million copies. That's absurdly impressive. The best-ever start for a Switch title, as commented by Nintendo. In the presentation, they actually specify that the number after 6 weeks is now at 13.41 million! For comparison, Wild World on DS sold 11.75 million and New Leaf on 3DS reached 12.55 million lifetime!


    • Other figures: Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Party both passed the 10 million mark with 10.13 and 10.10 million respectively.
    • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (6.60 million), Luigi's Mansion 3 (6.33 million), Super Mario Maker 2 (5.48 million), The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (4.38 million), Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2.87 million), Ring Fit Adventure (2.73 million), Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (1.26 million), Astral Chain and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (1.08 million).
    • The proportion of digital sales for this financial year was 34% against 24.8% last year.
    • In terms of future releases, Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4 and Breath of the Wild 2 are still TBA, but Bravely Default II is at least listed as 2020.

  • Animal Crossing killing it

  • I think most people were expecting gangbusters, but I was still pretty shocked at how well AC sold. Over 11 million in its first 11 days means that it was technically averaging over a million a day, which puts the lower titles on the "million seller chart" in a slightly less impressive light. What are the major first party switch titles not on that list? Off the top of my head, I can't think of any besides Arms and maybe 1-2 Switch, although the latter isn't what I'd call a "major" title. Does Labo count?

  • @naltmank To be clear, this chart is for the million sellers in this financial year, not lifetime. Games like ARMS or Labo did sell more than a million too, just not in this financial year.

  • @axel The last column is Lifetime sales to date (end of March), unless I'm reading that wrong. Otherwise that would mean Mario Kart sold 24.7 million just within the fiscal year, which doesn't track

    EDIT: I get what you're saying now. Disregard.

  • With as well as Mario Kart keeps selling you'd think they would make some new DLC or Mario Kart 9

  • Banned

    @dmcmaster Why do all that extra work when you can just sell a 6 year old game and everybody buys it regardless?

  • Wow! Nintendo did a great job with Switch. It's is the first time I'm considering a Nintendo console and I probably will with the release of BotW2. We should see something about it before year ends.

  • @el-shmiablo by that logic we should still be playing Mario Kart Wii.

    that game sold over 32 million copies so according to your logic they should have never bothered with Mario Kart 8

  • @scotty i wouldn't be making any bets on what will be announced this year.

    COVID19 has put all videogame companies in a weird place and late last year i would've said we'd almost definitely see a trailer for Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3 or BOTW 2 with one of them releasing at the end of this year. most likely BOTW 2 because it'd take less work than Metroid and Bayonetta 3 since the world already exists.

    since COVID19 has happened though i''m not so sure. Sakurai even said that the work on Smash Bros he's doing at the moment is made much easier to do at home because of it being DLC but he also said that if was a completely new game he was working on then working at home on it would be made much more challenging.

  • @yoshi

    BotW2's announcement was just a teaser. I expect them to release a trailer this year.

  • @scotty so was Bayonetta 3. we've still heard jack shit from platinum in like 2 years now since.

    i'm just saying none of us know how far any of those new games are in development and likely won't know many details if any at all for the rest of this year what will come out in 2020 because COVID would have affected development and release schedules behind the scenes

    even if they do announce something theres a huge liklihood it gets pushed to 2021

  • @yoshi

    I don't expect them to release those games. Not having any new info/trailer in their 3rd year after announcement with just a teaser is ridiculous if the year ends like this. I don't accept 'Rona as excuse for a 1.30 minutes trailer. If all those companies can show things through summer, I'm sure Nintendo can show something about their games before the year ends. I'm adding Bayonetta just because you said it, I don't thing it is the same situation with BotW2. One is an agreement with a 3rd party; the other is an inside studio game.

  • Anyone know when they release the QandA portion? Is it normally delayed or because of COVID 19 they haven't done it yet?

  • @iboshow It usually comes a few days after the financial results, so it could be any day now. I think the Japanese version is available already actually, but not the translated version yet.

  • @iboshow Here's the translated version of the Q&A:

  • @axel Spending more on advertising but not making as much this year means BotW 2 is next fiscal year.