Nintendo has released its latest financial report for last quarter ending Dec 31, 2018, and it’s great news for Smash fans. Super Smash Bros Ultimate has sold 12 million units since launch, making it the third-best-selling title on the Switch already. These sales are also more than double that of Smash Bros Wii U, which has sold 5.35 million units to date.
Elsewhere, the debut Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Let’s Go, saw strong sales also. It sold 10 million units since its release on Nov 16, a good indicator for next year’s confirmed gen 8 Pokemon game.
Despite strong software sales, Nintendo seems to be pulling back on its forecast for fiscal year Switch sales. It had originally predicted 20 million sales through March, but has now offered 17 million as a prediction. Regardless, Nintendo Switch is still going strong, having sold 9.4 million units in the last quarter.
Smartphone revenue grew 31 percent last quarter, perhaps bolstered by the release of Dragalia Lost back in September. The most prominent issue that Nintendo seems to have currently is the decline of the 3DS. It’s understandable that releasing the handheld hybrid that is Nintendo Switch would hamper 3DS sales, but the reported 71 percent drop since last year must be a tough pill to swallow.
Looking forward, 2019 looks set to be a strong year, with Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, and Pokemon all planned for release. One game that is definitely not coming in 2019 is Metroid Prime 4, after Nintendo revealed that development had been restarted.