Nintendo’s Q1 (fiscal year ending March 23) financial reporting shows the OLED Switch model doing well, even amidst shortages, and Kirby stands above the rest regarding software sales.
There was a drop in hardware, software and mobile sales, but Nintendo puts most of the blame on the global semiconductor shortages. Then we have the global pandemic(s) and the rising cost of living. Understandably, people aren’t buying as many video games or video game consoles.
Although dropping -by 22.9% in hardware sales, the Nintendo Switch OLED Model has shown itself to be the preference, with Nintendo gamers selling 1.52 mil units. The base model Switch followed at 1.32 mill, while the Nintendo Switch Lite trailed behind with only 0.59 mill in sales.
This quarter Nintendo Switch Sports sold 4.48 mill units, which is respectable. Still, the star is Kirby and the Forgotten Land, selling a further 1.88 mill, bringing its total to over 4 million units and making it the best-selling game in the franchise for 30 years.
Overall digital sales of software have increased by 16%. Although Nintendo notes that with families having multiple consoles, sales of Nintendo Switch Online have settled somewhat, there was a slight growth with the addition of Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.
Mario Kart 8 continues to sell like hot cakes, and with the second Booser Course Pass wave out tomorrow, that’ll only continue to grow.
Nintendo also reiterated some upcoming release dates, including the August 4th release of Booster Course Pass: Wave 2, Splatoon 3 on September 9 and Kirby’s Dream Buffet releasing this Winter.