Nintendo Switch Outsells the 3DS

Nintendo lifts profit outlook again on strong year-end sales

That places total Switch sales at north of 80 million units.

Nintendo Switch has officially overtaken the 3DS in the developer's best-selling consoles of all-time list.

As of December 31st 2020, Nintendo has already hit their annual net sales target of $13.4 billion and have raised it to $15.4 billion for the duration of their fiscal year, which will close out at the end of March.

Its nine-month sales jumped 37% to 1.4 trillion yen ($13 billion). In the three months through December, Nintendo sold over 11 million hardware units, up 68% on the previous quarter and a 7% jump compared with the same period a year earlier.

Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd on Monday hiked its full-year forecast for Switch games console sales to 26.5 million from 24 million previously after a bumper end to 2020, buoyed by a home entertainment boom amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company also boosted its forecast for operating profit by 24% on the back of a surge in sales brought on by the coronavirus outbreak and hit game Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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While Animal Crossing has always been a fan favorite series, these numbers blowout anything I think anyone expected the latest game to do in less than a year.

Its upgraded forecast for the remainder of the year is still deemed "way too low" by Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute, who projects the company's full-year tally will be closer to 28 million Switch units. The Switch is now the company's second-best-selling gaming console after the Wii, 101 million of which have been sold. Total sales have reached 31 million copies since the title's release last March.

Nintendo's other software releases of 2020 have also done incredibly well.

So, between then, keep your eyes peeled for characters from games such as "Animal Crossing: "New Horizons", "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe", "Luigi's Mansion 3", Super Mario Maker 2", "The Legend of Zelda: "Link's Awakening", and "Splatoon 2" hiding amongst your fries. That 30 million sales milestone is just the beginning.

On a down note, Nintendo has had difficulties opening its new theme park attraction, Super Nintendo World, at Universal Studios Japan, due to the country's state of emergency. The prize pack also includes the upcoming "Super Mario 3D World +Bowser's Fury" game that's scheduled to be released February 12.

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