Tech giant Nintendo released its latest earning report, which is looking up, thanks to their flagship console and its launch title.
According to a report from Gamespot, the company closed the fiscal year ending on March 31 with Nintendo Switch shipping 2.74 million units worldwide since its official launch in March. Its launch title, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," on the other hand, also posted a successful outing, having 3.84 million units shipped — with 2.76 million units accounting for the Switch console and 1.08 million for the Wii U. Additionally, the console has also shipped 5.46 million games since launching.
Meanwhile, a report from Gamezone said that the company's handheld console 3DS also came out big, with 55.08 million games sold within the fiscal year, 15.44 million of which came from "Pokemon Sun and Moon" sales. The handheld also sold 7.27 million units, which is a seven percent jump, year-over-year. As for "Pokemon GO," Nintendo has reportedly earned $180 million from the hit mobile game.
On the other hand, sales of the Wii U plummeted, with only 760,000 units sold, which is down 77 percent, year-on-year. The significant decline of the Wii U sales is mostly attributed to the release of the Switch, as the public opted to purchase the newer console. According to a tweet from Daniel Ahmad, an analyst at Niko Partners, the console didn't sell a single unit over the last three months, noting that "13.56 million is the final lifetime to date sales for Wii U."
The company also faced a number of bumps over the past few months, starting with the Switch, which encountered connection problems with its Joy-Con controllers. Moreover, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic console that they re-issued also experienced a shortage in terms of stocks, prompting the public to search for the product from third party sellers online who were selling them way above the MSRP.
Nintendo, however, has announced last week that it had already stopped production for the NES Classic.