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Nintendo FY2018 results, Switch 34.74M, Software 187.52M

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OTBWY said:
A-mazing! The Switch is already close to 35 million.

I wonder what BotW LT will be, could be 15 million. Also, where can I find Xenoblade 2 numbers?

Nowhere, we only know that it reached 1.53m units as of september 2018. Nintendo only provides sales of the 10 most selling games in the quarter and LT



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Random_Matt said:
Soundwave said:
Great software sales but hardware is a bit soft. It's tough to sell 20+ mill a year if you're relying on a narrow catalog of really 1st party games to sell to everyone, that's the downside of not having the type of 3rd party support Sony/MS enjoy (or even something half way close).

And it all disappears come 2020.

Why should it? Next gen consoles?

As long as PS4/XBO will get support from 3rd party publishers, Switch will also, as they will certainly get one and the same version starting 2021 to save money.



So Switch shipped 2.47M this quarter?



Blood_Tears said:
So Switch shipped 2.47M this quarter?

Yes, I think so.

It is down YoY by .46m.



So despite sales to consumers being up year over year in both Japan and the US across January to March, Nintendo shipped fewer Switch units than the same quarter last year, when shipments were ~2.9 million - versus 2.47 million this year. Suggests retailers had some stock left from the huge Christmas shipments. You'd hope Nintendo learn their lesson and go for a more balanced sales curve this financial year. If the rumours are true and a hardware revision is coming in June with Mario Maker 2, then they should have stronger sales leading up to the Christmas season - especially if they get their hardware revision out in early June, giving a good boost to Q1 shipments and sales. If Mario Maker, Animal Crossing, Pokemon and hardware revisions are coming this year, you'd also expect them to exceed their 18 million target for the next FY.

Pokemon Let's Go software shipments were towards the lower end of the 'evergreen' titles - 600,000 units this quarter, so may not have the legs we expect from Pokemon - though it's probably going to sell similar amounts to third versions/remakes/sequels, and it is ultimately a remake. Compare that to Nintendo's other evergreen titles and it shipped slightly less than Super Mario Odyssey (~700,000 units) but more than Splatoon 2 (430,000 units). Impressively, Breath of the Wild shipped just over 1 million units this quarter, so continues its recent run of stronger quarterly sales than Mario. Super Mario Party shipped 1.1 million, another good result. Kart 8 DX shipped another 1.7 million copies - only slightly below Smash Ultimate's 1.8 million for the quarter.



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Farsala said:
Blood_Tears said:
So Switch shipped 2.47M this quarter?

Yes, I think so.

It is down YoY by .46m.

Sounds weird, I mean in USA and in Japan Switch is up YoY... Could it be that Switch is down YoY so much in Europe and RoW?



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AlbiNecroxz said:
Farsala said:

Yes, I think so.

It is down YoY by .46m.

Sounds weird, I mean in USA and in Japan Switch is up YoY... Could it be that Switch is down YoY so much in Europe and RoW?

As I say often with PS4 shipments, it is probably just a high stock situation. Switch was booming during the holidays and then it dropped off too hard, even if it is selling well or better than last year, extra shipments weren't needed.

.46m isn't much in the long run anyways.



Farsala said:
AlbiNecroxz said:

Sounds weird, I mean in USA and in Japan Switch is up YoY... Could it be that Switch is down YoY so much in Europe and RoW?

As I say often with PS4 shipments, it is probably just a high stock situation. Switch was booming during the holidays and then it dropped off too hard, even if it is selling well or better than last year, extra shipments weren't needed.

.46m isn't much in the long run anyways.

Damn it, you're right. So, Nintendo is more soft with projections this year due to these Q4 shipments, right?



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Can't believe they are only projecting 18m for the coming fiscal year. Their software for the next 12 months is so much stronger than last year's. Last year they had this weird strategy that they'll save all of their big guns until the end of the year and have software draughts in the meantime. This year we have a little mini-draught right now, but once June 28 hits, then it is going to be solid titles one right after another.

Nintendo doesn't even know how to evaluate their own software. They overprojected last year and now they are underprojecting. It's disappointing. They are probably going to be massively short supplied during holdays.



Asriel said:
So despite sales to consumers being up year over year in both Japan and the US across January to March, Nintendo shipped fewer Switch units than the same quarter last year, when shipments were ~2.9 million - versus 2.47 million this year. Suggests retailers had some stock left from the huge Christmas shipments. You'd hope Nintendo learn their lesson and go for a more balanced sales curve this financial year. If the rumours are true and a hardware revision is coming in June with Mario Maker 2, then they should have stronger sales leading up to the Christmas season - especially if they get their hardware revision out in early June, giving a good boost to Q1 shipments and sales. If Mario Maker, Animal Crossing, Pokemon and hardware revisions are coming this year, you'd also expect them to exceed their 18 million target for the next FY.

Pokemon Let's Go software shipments were towards the lower end of the 'evergreen' titles - 600,000 units this quarter, so may not have the legs we expect from Pokemon - though it's probably going to sell similar amounts to third versions/remakes/sequels, and it is ultimately a remake. Compare that to Nintendo's other evergreen titles and it shipped slightly less than Super Mario Odyssey (~700,000 units) but more than Splatoon 2 (430,000 units). Impressively, Breath of the Wild shipped just over 1 million units this quarter, so continues its recent run of stronger quarterly sales than Mario. Super Mario Party shipped 1.1 million, another good result. Kart 8 DX shipped another 1.7 million copies - only slightly below Smash Ultimate's 1.8 million for the quarter.

It's not necessarily Nintendo's fault, though. It could just be that retailers ordered too many during the holiday season, expecting even more hype from PLG and Smash.