Nintendo has announced its April-June quarterly results, and while the figures are generally strong for a generally slow period, revenue and profit are lower than a year ago. That’s perhaps not surprising, given that the company was driving up demand for video games during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and had just released a mega-hit Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
By comparison, sales of Switch devices decreased 21.7 percent to 4.45 million units and software sales decreased 10.2 percent to 45.29 million units. Nintendo has now sold 89.04 million Switch consoles; For comparison, the PS5 only 10 million. Net sales fell 9.9 percent to 322.6 billion yen ($ 2.94 billion), while operating profit was 119.6 billion yen ($ 1.09 billion), down 17.3 percent from a year earlier.
Unlike last year, when Nintendo sold more than 10 million units Crossing of animals nearly doubling its figure from the previous quarter, there was no successful Switch title for the bank. New Pokémon Snap Pokémon sold 2.07 million copies outside of Japan (The Pokémon Company released the game in its home market) and Mario Golf: Super fast sold 1.34 million Crossing of animals, while adding 1.26 million copies to its total. It has sold nearly 34 million units worldwide.
Nintendo’s biggest release this quarter is Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which appeared last month. The company can expect to increase sales of Switch devices in the next quarter new OLED model October, although it does not produce the widely expected performance improvement. The Nintendo playing card for this important holiday quarter includes Metroid Dread, WarioWare: Put it together, Mario Party Superstars, and replays Pokémon diamond and Pearl.