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Nintendo Switch has achieved its best quarter so far


Nintendo sold 11.57 million Nintendo Switch platforms in the fourth quarter, bringing its full sales since its launch in 2017 to 79.87 million.

These figures represent a 7 percent increase over the same period last year and represent the best quarterly Nintendo Switch platform to date.

The platform is approaching its fourth birthday, and the additional units mean that Nintendo Switch has now surpassed the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS family, which currently stands at 75.94 million units.

If the platform is able to sell at least 2.5 million units in the spring, it will pass Game Boy Advance, which has 81.51 million platforms sold.

Nintendo Switch has only three Nintendo devices to overcome: the Wii family, Game Boy, and DS.

The popularity of the platform is not surprising, as we are still in the middle of a pandemic, everyone is looking for ways to entertain themselves, and if you're trapped at home, it's helpful to have a platform with its own screen.

However, the record quarter is impressive, as the company did not have many major gaming versions of the platform in the last quarter, regardless of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

There was Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit and Pikmin 3 Deluxe, but it sold only 1.08 million and 1.94 million copies, respectively.

Nintendo also had a few other games, such as Super Mario Bros 35 and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, a new version of the classic NES tactical game.

Otherwise, Nintendo relied on third-party games, such as Immortals Fenyx Rising, Control, John Wick Hex and No More Heroes to fill their release schedule.

Nintendo has a range of old games that still sell very well, with Mario Kart Deluxe now selling 33.41 million.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, released less than a year ago, sold 5.14 million units, bringing its lifetime sales to 31.18 million units.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate ranked third with sales of 22.85 million, followed by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with sales of 21.45 million and Pokémon Sword and Shield with sales of 20.35 million.

Nintendo raised its forecast for the fiscal year ended March 31 to 26.5 million platforms and boosted its estimated net profit by 33 percent to 400 billion yen, or about $3.82 billion.