Pandemic payoff continues for Nintendo as profit soars

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Nintendo cites the COVID-19 pandemic for its strong financial results, the associated increased demand for video games, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons' success. It doesn't look as though sales are going to slow down anytime soon, meaning other console sales records are set to be passed imminently. This month (Feb. 12) we have the Mario Red & Blue edition of the Switch console launching, then on March 26, a Monster Hunter Rise Special Edition model will be launched complete with a downloadable copy of the game.

"Although it has not released major titles recently, software sales were also strong", said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Tokyo's Ace Research Institute.

The Switch has now overtaken the lifetime sales of the 3DS too, and it should outsell the Game Boy Advance by the end of Nintendo's financial year.

Since it first hit stores almost four years ago, the Switch has become a huge global seller, helped by innovative, family-friendly titles such as "Animal Crossing" that have wowed critics and gamers alike.

Ring Fit Adventures' unique RPG-exercise concept proved to be a hit among consumers stuck at home as well, selling 5.95 million copies.

To date, the company has almost 30 games that have sold more than 1 million copies this fiscal year.

The fast-food chain will enter those who purchase its Super Mario Meal on its BK app or online in this sweepstakes between February 8. through February 22.

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While Animal Crossing has always been a fan favorite series, these numbers blowout anything I think anyone expected the latest game to do in less than a year.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at 22.85 million pcs. Nintendo headquarters is going to be popping some expensive champagne tonight, and that's not even counting upcoming releases such as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Bravely Default 2, and a new Pokemon Snap.

The good news is that if you don't win the pack, your purchase of a Super Mario Meal will still net you 100 My Nintendo Platinum Points.

Splatoon 2 at 11.90 million pcs.

Some newer releases' sales figures also came up during the report.

It will also be hard to match this year's performance "as 2020 results were significantly boosted by Covid-19 demand", they added.

Paper Mario: The Origami King at 3.05 million pcs.

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