The Nintendo Switch has sold 92.87 million units, Nintendo confirms it can’t meet holiday demands

Nintendo also updated some of its projections for the 2022 year following continued supply chain issues that are impacting this holiday season.

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The Nintendo Switch is continuing to set a record pace for the company, selling more than 8.3 million units in the last six months, according to a financial report released earlier today. That brings the hybrid console’s total to 92.87 million units sold as of Sept. 30. 

That pushes the console ever closer to reaching Nintendo’s best-selling piece of console hardware, the Wii, which currently sits at 101.63 million units sold. The Game Boy and Nintendo DS families of handhelds sit firmly beyond that at 118.69 million and 154.02 million, respectively. 

Despite the continued success of the Switch, Nintendo’s revenue and operating profit dropped by 26.7 percent and 31.7 percent respectively year-over-year. This included a 39.7-percent decline in Switch hardware sales and a 19-percent drop in full game software sales, though subscriptions, add ons, and digital-only titles were up 17 percent over the same period compared to 2020. 

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa also confirmed via Reuters that the company “can’t produce enough to meet the demand” of the 2021 holiday season due to continued supply issues. And as a result of a continued global semiconductor shortage that’s likely going to last well into 2022, the company has lowered its Switch hardware sales forecast by 1.5 million units heading into next year. 

When split, the original Switch model accounts for 76.34 million units sold and the Switch Lite has sold 16.53 million units. The new OLED model for the console wasn’t included in this financial report since it launched on Oct. 8. But based on information included in the report, it should help boost the declining numbers quite a bit. 

As for individual software, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is now the best-selling game in the franchise, surpassing Mario Kart Wii’s 37.38 million with its own 38.74 million copies sold and continuing to sell extremely well. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold 34.85 million copies and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate surpassed 25 million copies sold, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Super Mario Odyssey rounding out the top sellers at 24.13 million, 22.64 million, and 21.95 million copies sold each.

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