The Switch has been a big success for Nintendo, and it doesn't seem like it's slowing anytime soon. Nintendo has released its financials for the first half of its fiscal year, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons leading another Switch surge.
During the first half, running six months and ending on Sept. 30, Nintendo saw over 200% boost in year-on-year operating profit and ordinary profit. Over 456 million Switch games have been sold now since its launch in March 2017, and the handheld hybrid hit total lifetime sales of 68.3 million units.
The big leader here, perhaps unsurprisingly, is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It moved millions of units in the period, launching the island life sim up the up the top-selling Nintendo charts to a comfortable second place. Animal Crossing has now dethroned the likes of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Pokemon Sword and Shield, and its closing in on the evergreen seller Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars also had strong sales, moving over five million units in the period. Whether this is due to the limited-time only availability or not, the remastered collection for Nintendo Switch had a pretty healthy launch. Hopefully that doesn't mark the start of a new trend for Nintendo moving forward into anniversaries for Zelda and Pokemon.
It's no surprise to anyone that COVID-19 and people staying indoors might have led to increased video game sales. It's also led to a delays and production issues as teams adjust to work-from-home environments, so it's hard to pin down what the long-term looks like for the industry. For Nintendo, however, the Switch is three years old and still going strong.