Nintendo reported a 541% surge in net profits during the darkest months of the Covid-19 pandemic, defying a worldwide shortage of its Switch consoles and a slender pipeline of in-house games.
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.
Despite only launching this year, Animal Crossing has now eclipsed lifetime sales of other evergreen Switch games like Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Only Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, at 26,7 million, has sold more.
This autumn, Nintendo plans to release The Crown Tundra, the second downloadable content (DLC) for Pokemon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokemon Shield Expansion Pass.