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Nintendo Switch sold more software last year than any previous Nintendo system

The Nintendo Switch platform has been incredibly successful over the past five years and the console shows no signs of slowing down. Today the company released its financial results for fiscal year 2021, and there’s quite a bit of good news for the company. Not only does the system continue to sell, but so does its software. A total of 235.07 million units were sold, an increase of 1.8% over the previous year. According to Nintendo, it is also the “highest annual software sales figure ever recorded for a Nintendo platform to date”.

A number of new releases have contributed to this success, and Nintendo has revealed exactly how well these games have sold so far.

  • Pokemon Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl– 14.65 million (combined)
  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus– 12.64 million
  • Mario Party Superstars– 6.88 million
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD– 3.91 million

Nintendo also reported that Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 6.01 million copies last year, bringing its grand total to 38.64 million. Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe moved 9.94 million units last year, bringing the game’s total to 45.33 million units sold on Switch. The Wii U port continues to sell incredibly well and could continue to do so throughout this year. In March, the first classes of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass has been released and the DLC could convince even more Switch owners to buy the game.

It’s hard to overstate what an impressive achievement this is for Nintendo. While the Nintendo Wii was a major success, software sales were not as successful, especially as the console’s lifespan extended. After more than five years in the market, Switch owners continue to buy lots of new software, and that will likely continue this year with major releases such as Splaton 3, Xenoblade Chronicles 3and Pokemon scarlet and violet. It’s impossible to say whether software sales in 2022 will be able to beat this year’s numbers, but Nintendo must be pleased with the console’s continued performance!

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