Nintendo has sold more than 61.4 million Switch hybrid game consoles, and it has sold more than 22.4 million copies of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Those numbers aren’t a coincidence, as the Japanese company is the latest to benefit from gamers sheltering in place.
Nintendo reported the news in its earnings report for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30. Nintendo has sold more than 406.7 million copies of software for the Switch.
In the quarter, Nintendo sales hit $3.39 billion, up 108.1% from the same quarter a year ago. Operating profit was $1.37 billion, up 19.3% from a year ago.
During the quarter, Nintendo sold 5.68 million Switch units at a time when many people complained they couldn’t find the devices in stores or online. Nintendo sold 3.05 million Switch units and 2.62 million Nintendo Switch Lite units. Nintendo said COVID-19 led to difficulty in procuring parts for manufacturing Switch consoles, but the situation has almost recovered. If the impact of COVID-19 expands, Nintendo warned it could affect manufacturing again. Nintendo said there are still shortages in some regions because of the lag between manufacturing and restocking.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition sold 1.32 million units, and Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics sold 1.03 million units. But the star of the show was Animal Crossing, which had an enormous command of social mentions when it debuted on March 20, according to social media monitoring firm Spiketrap. In the first fiscal quarter, Nintendo sold 10.63 million units of Animal Crossing, as demand for the quirky game continued. I even appeared in Animal Crossing on a panel for the Virtual Beings Summit in mid-July.