The Switch is the gift that keeps on giving, at least for Nintendo’s bottom line. Thanks in part to its shiny new console, Nintendo has made roughly $1.3 billion (with a “b”) in the last three months, according to its latest financial results report.
The report, which tracked sales for the quarter that ended June 30th, the Switch has already sold 4.7 million units globally, putting it ahead of the Xbox One’s sales over the same period by about a million units. The console is on pace to hit its goal of 10 million units sold within its first fiscal year, which ends March 2018.
Software sales for the Switch have also been filling Nintendo’s pockets, with the total sales of Switch games reaching 13.6 million units. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still the console’s top seller, moving 3.92 million units, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe coming in at a close second with 3.54 million units. Nintendo’s new fighting game, Arms, has sold a respectable 1.18 million units. (Official numbers for Splatoon 2 weren’t included in this report, as the game was released in July, after the end of the quarter.)
Of course, the Wii U’s sales also started strong and ended up petering out at a paltry 13 million units by the end of its lifetime, so only time will tell if the Switch will see a similar fate. On the other hand, it’s possible that Switch sales have been hindered at least a little by how difficult it remains to actually find one in the first place, as Nintendo is still experiencing issues supplying consoles to stores.
It’s still unclear whether the Switch can truly compete with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which have sold 30 million and 59.5 million units respectively since they launched, although it’s definitely off to a good start.