Nintendo Switch had 23 million-selling games last year, as profits hit £1.34bn

Despite a number of software sales records Switch console sales have not hit their targets, in Nintendo’s latest full year financials.

The full year financial results for Nintendo’s last 12 months are in and they show that worldwide sales of the Switch maxed out at 16.95 million, just short of the 17 million target they had predicted.

Even missing out by a small amount will upset investors, especially as Nintendo previously revised the target down to 20 million. Although it still counts as a 12.7% increase on the previous year.

Shareholders aside though there’s not much else for Nintendo to be upset about, as net sales hit the equivalent of £8.30 billion and net profits reach £1.34 billion.

The most impressive results though were in terms of software sales, with Nintendo revealing that it had 23 games last year that sold 1 million or more.

The includes Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with 13.81 million units sold, making it the best-selling fighting game ever (although its closest competition is only other Smash Bros. games).

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Evee! Sold 10.63 million, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is now on 16.69 million – making it the fourth highest selling entry in the series so far.

The results cover the 12 months until 31 March, with even relatively minor games like Yoshi’s Crafted World (1.11 million) and Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01 (1.09 million) crossing the 1 million milestone.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has already passed 3.31 million, while Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is now at 12.77 million (making it the most successful entry ever in the series), Super Mario Odyssey is on 14.44 million, and Splatoon 2 on 8.7 million.

Overall, Nintendo sold 118.55 million units of software over the last 12 months, a massive 86.7% increase over the previous year.

There’s always a lot of news and rumours in the wake of Nintendo’s full year financial results, and especially their imminent investor meeting, starting with the annoucement of Super Mario Maker 2’s release date this morning.

However, the biggest question at the moment is whether rumours of a new, cheaper model of the Switch are true or not.

The only official line from Nintendo is that they won’t announce new hardware at E3 in early June. Although of course that doesn’t rule out announcing it either before or after.

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