Is it really necessary, to get a place in the JV, to buy studios with the blows of billions of dollars? The answer is in the latest earnings release from nintendo. The Japanese manufacturer has indeed published record figures, which are enough to astonish the competition and its gleaming new-gen.
Thus, in Q4 2021, Nintendo sold no less than 10.6 million Switch consoles (standard/OLED/Lite), bringing the entire Switch fleet to 103.5 million machines ! 81.6 million standard Nintendo Switch have been sold since the launch of the console (23.6 million in 2021 alone), 17.8 million Switch Lite and 4 million (already) Switch OLED. 40 million Nintendo Switch have been sold on the American continent alone (27 million in Europe). The active player base would peak at 98 million people (18 million more in one year).
At this continued rate of sales, the Nintendo Switch will soon have its sights set on the PlayStation 4 (116.8 million). The venerable Wii and even the first PlayStation are already behind… As a reminder, 2 Switch will have been sold for a PS5 in 2021! The games follow the same upward trend: 85 million Switch titles were sold in Q4 2021 (766 million since the launch of the console) and unsurprisingly, Pokémon Sparkling Diamond & Pokémon Sparkling Pearl break the game with 14.33 million copies of the game sold. As for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it is now at the top of the gaming food chain on Nintendo consoles, with more than 50 million copies sold on Switch and Wii U.
These incredible scores reflect on the fiscal year (still in progress). Over the 9 months accounted for, Nintendo thus achieved 10.2 billion euros in turnover (this is a little less than the 10.8 billion in 2020) and 2.8 billion in net profits (again a hair below the 2.9 billion in 2020). Note that a full quarter remains for a full fiscal year. Nintendo hopes to end its year with a turnover of 12.7 billion euros, and a net profit of 3 billion euros.