There's also an appetite for the NES and SNES Classic consoles, with Nintendo boasting that it has sold 5.95 million units of the retro remakes combined. Analysts expected 350 billion yen of operating profit, but Nintendo only achieved 260 billion yen. Wii is still the champ with 101.63 million units sold. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in particular has been a stratospheric success, selling another 1.73 million to hit 13.81 million sales in just four months and to claim the title of being the best-selling fighting game of all time - thanks to Redditor TheCrystalCave for the observation.
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa reported on the outlook for the company for the fiscal year ending in March 2020, and cited the number of memberships to Nintendo Switch Online as a sign of growth.
On the hardware front, annual Switch sales totaled 16.95 million units.
An earlier report from Bloomberg had said that Nintendo could release a new low-priced Switch model as early as June. Those are tough numbers to match, but Switch's pace of 17 million per year is impressive in its own right.
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Predictably, the Nintendo 3DS continues to drop, with hardware sales down 60.2% compared to the previous year, and software sales down 62.9%.
Along with the release date for Super Mario Maker 2 yesterday (it's out June 28th if you missed it), Nintendo in other regions also announced a "Limited Edition" for the game and a stylus as a giveaway. Annual sales rose 14% to 1.2 trillion yen ($10.7 billion).
The industry is facing a shake-up with established console gaming companies like Nintendo and Sony Corp exposed to competition from new entrants like Alphabet Inc's Google offering browser-based games streaming services.