Pokemon Legends: Arceus leads the charge
Nintendo has released its latest financial earnings report, revealing that its Nintendo Switch hardware, now approaching its sixth year of release, continues to perform magnificently for the iconic publisher.
Nintendo has sold a grand total of 114.33 million Switch units worldwide since the console’s release in the spring of 2017, with 3.25 million units shifting in the most recent financial quarter. Of course, what is a console without software? And Nintendo is also sitting pretty in that department, with 64 million game sales taking place over the past three months, taking the grand total of Switch game sales to an incredible 917.59 million.
While you’d be forgiven for assuming 916 million of those sales were Mario Kart Deluxe, it seems that the success story of 2022 has been the colorful shooter Splatoon 3, which has sold 7.9 million copies since its launch in September, already smashing series records as the fastest-selling entry to date. Monolith Soft’s adventure Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has also seen relatively modest success, with 1.72 million sales worldwide since its July 22 release date. The biggest seller, however, has been Pokemon Legends: Arceus, pulling in a whopping 13.91 million sales since its January release.
Later this month, Nintendo will release another Pokemon title in the form of double-header Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. These anticipated titles will no doubt round out what has been a pretty sharp year for both the Nintendo Switch platform and the publisher as a whole, still riding high despite the ongoing march of the ninth generation.
Here are the global sales figures for Nintendo’s 2022 Switch releases:
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus – (13.91m)
- Mario Party Superstars – (8.07m)
- Splatoon 3 – (7.90m)
- Nintendo Switch Sports – (6.15m)
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land – (5.27m)
- Mario Strikers: Battle League – (2.17m)
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – (1.72m)