'Super Mario Run' nears 150 million downloads

(Facebook/Nintendo)A promotional image for "Super Mario Run."

Nintendo's profits in their recent fiscal year were attributed not only to the success of their flagship console, the Switch, but also to some of their free mobile games.

According to the company's Financial Results Briefing for the fiscal year ending in March 2017, the hit mobile game "Super Mario Run" is close to reaching 150 million downloads for both the iOS and Android platforms, combined. The numbers provided by Nintendo's president Tatsumi Kimishima was a huge jump from the 78 million downloads posted just last January.

One of the major driving forces for the game's remarkable success is its availability in over 160 countries, apart from the bigger markets in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. "We were able to provide an opportunity for many consumers in countries and regions where we had not previously done business to experience this new kind of Mario game that can be played with one hand," Kimishima said.

Another interesting point raised by the Nintendo honcho is the number of players who are willing to shell out money to unlock items in the game. "Though some consumers continue playing only the free portion of the game, the number of users who purchase the full game is also increasing gradually," he explained.

Earlier this week, Nintendo reported that the Switch console shipped 2.74 million units globally since it was launched in March. The console's launch title, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," also posted impressive numbers, shipping 2.76 million and 1.08 million units for the Switch and the Nintendo Wii U, respectively, for a total of 3.84 million units.

Another successful platform from Nintendo is the 3DS handheld console, which registered 55.08 million games sold the fiscal year. According to a report by Gamezone, a huge chunk of the sales came from "Pokémon Sun and Moon," which posted 15.44 million units sold. The handheld itself, on the other hand, sold 7.27 million units, jumping seven percent, year-over-year.

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