Nintendo Gathers Steam Against Looming Next-Gen Competitors

And honestly, there’s probably no signs of slowing down any time soon.

((photo courtesy of Nintendo))

Thanks to Investor Relations Information, we know have Nintendo’s sales numbers for the quarter ending on June 30th. And they are a whopper. Firstly, let me express my pride in Animal Crossing: New Horizons reaching 22.4 million copies sold. This makes it not only go down in history as the best-selling Animal Crossing game of the entire series, but will also now go down as one of the highest-selling Switch games of all time. With the new figures update, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has now beat out Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, and only has a measly 4 million or so to surpass Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which currently holds the #1 slot.

This is amazing news for the Animal Crossing crew, as previous games in the series, while popular, have not done nearly as well. In previous years, this meant for many Nintendo fans that Animal Crossing was simply not worth their time, that it was only entertaining or interesting to a small avenue. However, with its current position as one of Nintendo’s top-selling games, it’s going to be hard to ignore the fanbase now.

And then there’s numbers. And with numbers like the ones Nintendo just presented, I doubt they are concerned at all with the next-gen console war between Xbox and Sony. Nintendo hosts a profit for the first quarter of 2020 of 106.4 billion yen, which translates to about $1 billion USD. This puts its net profits at a startling 541.3% rise from the same time last year.

This is an almost unheard of rise for the company. Granted, it’s quarantine time. And we don’t have much to do beyond sitting at home on our game systems and playing. A little over 50% of Nintendo’s gaming profits came solely from digital sales, showing the massive amount of people who could not make it into physical stores, for a variety of reasons. But still, even with the massive covid-19 shutdowns, Sony reported a loss of 1% compared to last year. Sure, it’s only a 1% loss, but with highly-anticipated games like Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part II releasing inside that quarter, and Nintendo reporting 541.3% profit, should Sony be scared?

The answer, objectively, is no. Most people are waiting to buy and play Sony games until the next-gen release (hopefully) this Holiday. So their loss is probably a cheerful sign of sales to come. And Nintendo, well… Nintendo is a family console. And with all those lovely little kids stuck at home, what are you going to turn to? Two consoles oriented teen and up, or the one that you could spin around and land on a E or E-10 game?

There’s a reason why Nintendo Switches are sold out everywhere, whereas Xboxes and Playstation 4s are easy to locate, and it’s not entirely because of Covid issues.

We’ll see how sales sit after the holidays. With Sony and Xbox’s impressive lineup, they’re most likely going to command the holiday gift charts. But can they catch up to Nintendo’s tremendous lead? Who can tell.

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