Nintendo shipped 4.11 million Switch consoles in the January-March quarter, bringing the total to 23.06 million for the fiscal year, just enough to meet the revised forecast of 23 million. The company had originally forecast 25.5 million units for the year, then 24 million, before reaching its final forecast three months ago. The figure represents a 20 percent drop from last year’s figure of 28.83 million consoles shipped, with Nintendo citing shortages of semiconductors and other components.
Nintendo has now shipped a total of 107.65 million Switch consoles since its March 2017 launch. It is the company’s most successful home console, having recently overtaken the Wii, but if you think of it as a handheld system, it has there is still a long way to go to catch up. the Nintendo DS figure of 154.02 million units or the Game Boy’s 118.69 million.
As for software, Pokemon Legends: Arceus made a strong debut last quarter, with 12.64 million units sold to date. For comparison: the previous quarter pokemon remakes Brilliant diamond and Shining Pearl debuted with 13.97 million units and has now shipped a total of 14.65 million so Arceus essentially performs in line with traditional pokemon spell.
Nintendo’s forecast for its current fiscal year, which began April 1, is to ship 21 million Switch consoles, suggesting sales for the system may have peaked. The company’s revenue and operating income are also expected to decline by 5.6 percent and 15.6 percent, respectively.
The first batch release schedule for the year includes upcoming Switch games like Splatoon 3† Xenoblade Chronicles 3and Pokemon Scarlet and purple† The long-awaited sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set for a spring 2023 release date, which may or may not fall in the current financial year ending March 31.