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Nintendo Switch shipped 111.08 million units as semiconductor shortage causes year after year decline


Nintendo has announced its financial results and published an update on the number of Switch units shipped worldwide since the console’s launch.

Today, Nintendo announced its quarterly financial results and published an update on the number of Switch units shipped worldwide since the console’s launch.

The data is updated as of June 30, 2021, when the last fiscal quarter (which began on April 1) ends.

Specifically, the chart below shows exactly how many Nintendo Switch units shipped to retailers. 111.08 million units of the hybrid console have been on shelves as of June 30, 2022. We also see the software and numbers units for the venerable 3DS.

This means that the console shipped 3.43 million units worldwide during the quarter (compared to 2.4 million PS5 units shipped by Sony in the same period).

This represents a 22.9% decrease in unit sales year over year. While third-party games have helped drive sales of devices, a shortage of semiconductors has affected production. However, Nintendo says demand remains stable with the Switch in the sixth year of its lifecycle.

Sales to customers of first-party software increased year-over-year, reaching the second highest level for the first fiscal quarter since the Switch was released.

The number of users playing the Switch in the subsequent 12 months continues to rise, reaching 104 million between July 2021 and June 2022.

As you can see in the table below, Nintendo hasn’t changed its forecast for Nintendo Switch sales or software sales that took place in May. The company expects to ship 21 million Switch units in the full fiscal year through March 2023, which would bring the total to 128.65 million units if the target is met.

Taking a look at the financial results, net sales and operating profit are down year-over-year. However, normal profits increased.

The consolidated financial outlook for the full fiscal year remained the same, with Nintendo anticipating year-over-year declines in both net sales and operating profit.

Due to delays in purchasing semiconductors, Nintendo hasn’t been able to produce as many Switches as it’s been targeting yet, but the company expects deliveries to improve gradually from late summer through fall. They will deliver as many units as possible during the festive season in each region.

Interestingly, Kirby and the Forgotten Land saw the highest sales to enter the series to date, selling to customers over 4 million units in 15 weeks.

Nintendo Switch Sports shipped 4,840,000 units, Mario Strikers: Battle League shipped 1,910,000 units, Kirby and Forgotten Land shipped 4,530,000 units, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shipped 46,820,000 units.

These were the four Nintendo games that sold over a million units during the quarter examined.

If you want to compare with historical data, you can read our article dedicated to the previous quarter, which was published in May.

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