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In a quarterly treat, Nintendo has announced its Q1 (April-June) financial results.
Sales doubled year-on-year to 358.1 billion yen, operating income increased 4.3 times to 144.7 billion yen (profit margin of 40.4%), and net income increased 5.4 times to 106.4 billion yen, which is a strong showing.
Contributing to overall sales were the Nintendo Switch console and software (113.2% of sales year-over-year). In particular, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which was released on March 20, was a big hit, selling more than 20 million units worldwide by the end of June (sell-through, based on actual retail store sales).
The biggest hit in the series so far, Animal Crossing: New Leaf for 3DS has sold 12 million copies in its lifetime from its release to date. The latest title is a huge success, beating the previous record by just over three months.
The Animal Crossing series has traditionally not been heavily weighted towards initial sales, but rather has sold continuously throughout the generations, so the real value of "New Horizons" may come after it has sold over 20 million copies.
Unsurprisingly, there are many players who have played Animal Crossing from this title and bought a Nintendo Switch console for Animal Crossing, with Nintendo citing "more than half of all Nintendo Switch and Lite consoles sold between April and June 2020 had Animal Crossing played on the first day," according to Nintendo's figures.
In addition to sales from April to June, Nintendo's own software sales contributed to the increase in profit margins, with Japan, the U.S. and Europe posting a 140% increase over the same period last year, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons accounting for more than 40% of the total.
Sales of Nintendo Switch. Sales of the console were up 166.6% to 5.68 million units compared to the same period last year. The standard version of the Switch also increased by 43%, shipping 3.05 million units, while Lite, which was not available in the same period last year, shipped 2.62 million units, which accounted for about 46% of the total.
Sales of Ring Fit Adventure, a game that is in short supply as well as the Nintendo Switch console, and which is hard to find even if you want it after hearing about its reputation, also recovered. The popularity of the game, which far exceeded Nintendo's expectations, and the fact that it requires dedicated hardware, led to a shortage of the product, which dropped extremely low in March, but has recently recovered to last year's level.
As Nintendo's documents state, "We apologize for the inconvenience to many customers as the market is still experiencing shortages, but as with the Nintendo Switch family of consoles, we will continue to increase production to ensure sufficient shipments for the year-end sales season".
In addition to Animal Crossing and Ring Fit Adventure, here are the other Nintendo software titles that sold more than 1 million units between April and June. Major staples such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart still sold nearly 1 million to 2 million units in three months.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition has also sold 280,000 copies in Japan, bringing its total to 1.32 million. This is a reliable number that will likely continue in the future. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (51 Worldwide Games) was popular from its predecessor, which came out 15 years ago during the heyday of the Nintendo DS, but this one is also quickly reaching millions of units worldwide.
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