Nintendo is already forecasting a record year for sales in its current financial year (ending March 2021), expecting to see 205 million shipped units. Its previous best year came in financial year 2008, when the huge popularity of the Wii saw 204.6 million units shipped. Financial year 2020 was unexpectedly huge for Nintendo, with the upswing in gaming due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the enormous success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, propelling the company to its current success.
However, none of the above includes follow-ups to Switch’s biggest three games so far – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While we can expect some additions to Nintendo’s line-up of games, these mooted numbers could point to some major unannounced games coming down the line.
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The company also seemingly expects to see further growth in its console space after Switch saw incredible sale success across the world in 2020, and an apparent planned new model of Switch, with a larger, OLED screen could help keep that momentum up. Back catalog games sales for new Switch owners could help push the company towards that 250 million unit goal.
Nintendo hasn’t officially commented on the 250 million unit figure, and we likely won’t hear mention of that until the company’s next financial briefing on May 6. The company’s games line-up was most recently added to in February’s Nintendo Direct – here’s everything announced in that show.
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