Nintendo’s latest financial report for Q1 2023 (April – June 2022) has been published, and the Switch has just surpassed 111 million units sold.
However, as with last quarter, there’s been a drop in year-on-year sales. Citing the ongoing semiconductor shortage — and comparing this quarter’s major releases to the same quarter last year (and Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s huge sales back then) — Nintendo reports a drop of 22% in the latest quarter.
Despite this, the company states that demand for the console is stable in all regions, and the outlook is looking a bit better in terms of semiconductors. Nintendo believes that the situation will be gradually improving from late summer to early autumn, which should boost console production nicely.
The console still sold 3.43 million units, with four titles selling over one million units each this quarter — Nintendo Switch Sports (4.84 million), Mario Strikers: Battle League (1.91 million), Kirby and the Forgotten Land (1.88 million) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1.48 million) — helping to boost the numbers.
Let’s break that 3.43 million down a bit more:
- Total Standard Switch sales this period: 1.32 million
- Total Switch OLED sales this period: 1.52 million
- Total Switch Lite sales this period: 0.59 million
The Switch is ever so slowly creeping up on the Game Boy’s sales, which sit at 118.69 million units. It’s fairly likely that the console will overtake the blocky handheld in the next financial year or so, which will be pretty incredible!
Here’s how the console sales currently stack up
|Game Boy||118.69 million|
|Game Boy Advance||81.51 million|
|Family Computer / NES||61.91 million|
|Super Family Computer / SNES||49.10 million|
|Wii U||13.56 million|
Next quarter should be rounded off nicely with Splatoon 3, which is a huge seller in Japan in particular. And don’t forget about that lovely-looking Splatoon OLED model. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has also just come out, and it’ll be interesting to see if this new release drives console sales for the next quarter.
So, despite a drop in sales year-on-year, things still look solid for Nintendo and the Switch.
What do you think of the latest sales figures? Do you think the Switch will catch up to the Game Boy before the end of the year? Let us know!