While most of the media attention may have been on Sony and PlayStation yesterday during Paris Games Week, that didn’t stop their competitors Nintendo from dishing out the company’s latest quarterly earnings release. And once again — in what seems more and more like a trend — the Nintendo Switch seems to be having an impressive year with Nintendo confirming that total hardware sales stand at 7.63 million with 27.48 million software units sold alongside. In just six months, the Switch has already sold more than half of its predecessor, the Wii U’s, life-time sales which currently stands at 13.56 million.
Nintendo also released sales figures for their major first-party titles with both physical and digital copies included in the totals (alongside bundled-in software). Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains the highest selling game at 4.7 million copies with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe close behind at 4.42 million. But it’s Splatoon 2 that is perhaps the biggest surprise showing with 3.61 million copies sold through of the follow-up to the 2015 original. Launch title 1-2-Switch sold 1.37 million while new IP ARMS is just shy of that same tally as it sails past the million mark with 1.35 million copies.
It’s also been announced that more than five million Amiibo figures have been sold while download sales were up 55% compared to the same period last year. As a result, Nintendo have once again increased their sales forecast for the Switch from 10 million to 14 million shipments by the end of the current financial year. All of this of course precedes the release of Super Mario Odyssey last Friday which is sure to only bolster the sales of the Nintendo Switch between now and the end of the holiday period.