Nintendo Sales of Hardware and Software Both Going Strong

Things continue to look up for the House of Mario!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 04/27/2018 19:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

While the faithful likely had no doubt that Nintendo Switch was going to do well when it finally hit the market in March of 2017, it’s fair to say that the console’s momentum has caught just about everyone off guard. We mean that in a good way, of course. Over a year since the hybrid console’s launch and Switch continues to be one of the hottest commodities in the video game industry. This success isn’t limited to the hardware, either, as software and even the company’s Amiibo line are all doing swimmingly. Here are some numbers (revealed in Nintendo’s 2017 fiscal earnings report) to think about:

  • Switch sales are now at 17.79 million units sold.
  • 10.30 million Amiibo have been sold.
  • Super Mario Odyssey is the best-selling title on Switch with 10.41 million copies sold.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 9.2 million copies.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild currently has 8.48 million copes in the wild (sorry, couldn’t resist).
  • Splatoon 2 is sitting at 6.02 million copies sold.
  • Kirby Star Allies has debuted with 1.26 million units sold.

So that’s a lot of numbers, but what’s significant about them? Well, let’s break it down. Switch, within the timeframe of the report in question, was predicted to sell 15 million units by Nintendo—it has roared past that number. Amiibo is bucking the downward trend that the toys-to-life phenomena has been experiencing. Disney Infinity, Skylanders, and Lego Dimensions have all gone the way of the dodo bird. Nintendo didn’t invent this particular sub-genre of the industry, but it clearly mastered it if these sales statistics are anything to go off of.

Breath of the Wild is now officially the best-selling Zelda game of all-time, surpassing the previous record holder that was Twilight Princess. Not too shabby for one of the greatest games ever made. Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have both surpassed the sales numbers of their predecessors on Wii U. Finally, that 1.26 million for Star Allies represents the best debut for a Kirby game, like, ever. All of this is excellent news for Nintendo as it gears up for this year’s E3. Hopefully as we move even deeper into 2018 these numbers remain consistent and, with a little luck, climb even higher.

Source: Nintendo

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