With 10.67 million devices shipped between October and December, the Nintendo Switch enjoyed a good Christmas season, despite a global scarcity of semiconductors. That increases the system’s lifetime total to 103.54 million units shipped, which means it overtook the Wii’s 101.63 million in just under five years.
Japanese gaming giant Nintendo’s shipment decline was still eight percent, although the company was clearly less hit by supply chain concerns than some of its competitors. Only 3.9 million PlayStation 5 consoles were sold by Sony over the same time period. The latest OLED version of the Switch was also released by Nintendo last quarter, and the company says it “got off to a great start.”
For fiscal year 2019, Nintendo has lowered its projection for Switch shipments by one million devices. After a downward revision from the 25.5 million it predicted in November, the company now plans to sell just 23 million. This three-month period’s updated prediction calls for Nintendo to ship slightly more than four million devices.
Pokémon remakes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl sold a total of 13.97 million units between them on the software front. This is a great result for the typically niche franchises, with Mario Party Superstars, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, and Metroid Dread each selling more than two million copies.
With only Kirby and the Forgotten Land scheduled for release in March, Nintendo’s only other major first-party product is Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which was favourably praised upon its release last month.