Folks, let’s get down to it. The brass tacks, the bottom line, the golden rupee. Nintendo is doing well right now. It turns out that Switch thing is still quite the success. But how much so? Let’s break it down in a few different ways.
For starters, their mobile initiatives are up 17 percent from last year. Mobile alone accounted for over $411 million (US) of their profits. With the upcoming beta for Mario Kart Tour coming up, and a nebulous Zelda game still out there somewhere, I wouldn’t expect that to slow down much.
As for the Switch, hardware sales are up over last year, putting the Switch at a total 34.4 million units sold across the world. While they’ve said they’re not showing any new hardware at E3, it’s a poorly kept secret that new hardware of some kind is coming soon. Combined with heavy hitters like Pokemon and Animal Crossing still on the way, it’s interesting to see just how far the Switch can go.
On the software side of things there’s a couple of interesting headlines you could make. For one, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold 13.81 million copies. That means more than one out of every three Switch owners are ready to settle whatever ails them in Smash. In a slightly more awful way to put it, Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold more units than the Wii U hardware. In four months. Despite having a Smash Bros. game on it. It’s little wonder Nintendo’s so keen on porting it’s excellent Wii U games to try and find renewed life.
The other headline, and this one just sort of confuses me, Mario Kart 7 has sold 1.21 million copies in the last fiscal year. How does everybody interested in Mario Kart 7 not already have it, 4 years after Mario Kart 8 came out? Anyway, lifetime sales are up to 18.26 million copies, which is even more units than the Wii U.
So what does all of this mean? Why are we talking money? Long story short, it can only really mean good things. It means Nintendo can feel more secure in being crazy and experimental; the best kind of Nintendo. It means more games, and more variety of games as they don’t have to worry about keeping themselves afloat. Nintendo doing well usually means the rest of us will have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.