Throughout 2024, the wildly popular system will be Nintendo’s “primary business,” as stated by the president of the company.
Since the Switch was first released in 2017, Nintendo has officially sold more than 139 million units of the console throughout the world. Tuesday was the day that the firm announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2023, which revealed the extent to which the Switch continues to dominate the market for console gaming services. As of the 31st of December in 2023, the earnings report estimates that Switch sales totaled 139.36 million units. When compared to November 2023, this is a 6.9 million-unit increase. Furthermore, the research says that hardware sales performed 3.3% better than Nintendo predicted, despite the fact that the fourth quarter is often a promising time for video game businesses because buyers are looking for holiday gifts.
We already knew that the Switch was well-liked, but the fact that it has achieved such a high level of success demonstrates that those who play video games on consoles continue to find it appealing. In the year 2020, the Nintendo Switch achieved a sales count of 56 million units, which was higher than the combined sales counts for the Nintendo 64 (32.93 million units) and the GameCube (21.74 million units). In the next year, Switch lifetime sales surpassed those of the 3DS, reaching 79.87 million units, while the 3DS’s sales reached 75.94 million units. Also, in the year 2023, sales of the Nintendo Switch surpassed those of the gaming Boy and the PlayStation 4, which are two of the most popular gaming systems in history.
A few years ago, homes that already owned at least one Switch were the owners of one in every five Switches that were brought into the market. Whether or not it is still the case is not entirely clear. Users of the Nintendo Switch had access to an incredible selection of games in the year 2021, including titles such as Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons from Nintendo. This element, which most likely had less of an effect on Switch sales in 2022 and 2023, was also responsible for the fact that a great number of people were still looking for methods to entertain themselves at home because to COVID-19.
It was reported by Bloomberg that President Shuntaro Furukawa stated on a conference call that the existing Switch will be Nintendo’s “main business” going forward into the year 2024. This statement was made after Nintendo officially released its earnings report. This may come as a disappointment to many who have been holding their breath in anticipation of the successor to the Switch, which is commonly referred to as the Switch 2. According to reports, Furukawa declined to comment on rumors regarding the Switch 2 on Tuesday, other than to state that Nintendo is continuously developing new hardware and software. This has left those of us who are ready to see the next console from the business feeling a little bit of a sense of disappointment.
that Nintendo is going to release its plan for the upcoming fiscal year at the same time that it will release its earnings report, we might learn more about the company’s official strategy at that time.