Sales of Nintendo’s Switch platform continue to rise, with the company selling up to 6.86 million platforms between July and September.
This figure represents an increase of 43 percent from the figure of 4.8 million platforms sold during the same period last year.
The platform’s total sales have reached 68.3 million units since its launch in 2017.
The growth is impressive, given that this quarter of last year was strong, it saw the launch of the cheaper (Switch Lite) version, boosting Nintendo’s shipments by more than 50 percent.
The Switch platform is more popular than the Switch Lite, as Nintendo sold 5.31 million Switch platforms for 1.55 million Switch Lite platforms during the three-month period.
The Switch’s sales figure is also an improvement from the previous quarter, when Nintendo shipped 5.68 million platforms.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons, released earlier this year, was a major sales driver, selling another 3.64 million copies during the quarter.
This number is a significant decrease from the figure of 10.63 million copies sold in the past three months.
The game’s total sales rose to 26.04 million copies, making it the second best-selling Switch game after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
The company’s games for the past quarter were few and far between, with Super Mario 3D All-Stars selling 5.21 million copies at the end of September, while Paper Mario: The Origami King sold 2.82 million copies.
Nintendo raised its forecast for the fiscal year significantly due to its strong sales performance, and now expects to achieve 450 billion yen in operating profit by the end of March 2021.
This is a 50 percent increase from the 300 billion yen figure I expected in May.
The company already reported an operating profit of 291.4 billion yen (2.79 billion U.S. dollars) in the first six months of the year.
Nintendo now also expects to sell 24 million switch platforms this fiscal year, up from 19 million.
Nintendo is looking to transfer its sales momentum to the all-important holiday quarter, as it faces stiff competition due to the launch of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S next week.
Some reports claimed that Nintendo plans to introduce a new Switch platform in early 2021.