In short: Earlier this year, Nintendo predicted that sales of its Switch handheld console in 2022 could be impacted by an ongoing semiconductor shortage. So far this has been proven for sure. In the three-month period ending June 30, 2022 (First Quarter), Nintendo sold 3.43 million Switch handhelds. This is a decrease of almost 23 percent compared to 4.45 million units sold during the same period in 2021.

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Breaking it down, Nintendo Sales 1.32 million standard Switch consoles in the latest quarter, up from 3.31 million in the year-ago quarter. New Switch OLED model made up some of the shortfall by selling 1.52 million units (an OLED model was not available in last year’s quarter). Switch Lite sales fell more than 48 percent, from 1.14 million units last year to 0.59 million units.

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Lifetime Switch sales are now north of 111 million units, enough for the fifth-best-selling gaming system ever behind the PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Game Boy/Game Boy Color and PS4.

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Software sales also suffered during the quarter, falling 8.6% year-over-year to about 41.4 million units. Nintendo Switch Sports was the top-selling game of the quarter with 4.84 million units sold, followed by Mario Strikers: Battle League, Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with sales of 1.91 million units, 1.88 million units and 1.48 million units respectively. . The sustained performance of the evergreen Mario Kart, now over five years old, continues to impress.

Nintendo said Equipment manufacturing was impacted by a global shortage of semiconductors, resulting in lower shipments and a subsequent decline in overall sales. However, the Japanese gaming giant expects a gradual improvement in component purchases from late summer to autumn.

Fast forward to now, Nintendo has several upcoming titles coming out soon, including Splatoon 3 in September, Bayonetta 3 in October and Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet in November. The company’s forecast of 21 million consoles sold in the current fiscal year remains unchanged.

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