November 7th, 2019, 20:56 Posted By: wraggster
Nintendo's latest financial results show growth across the board, boosted in part by the launch of the Switch Lite.
For the six months ended September 30, 2019, the company reported net sales of ?443.97 billion ($4.1 billion), a year-on-year increase of 14.2%.
Profits saw bigger boosts with operating profit rising by 53.4% to ?94.2 billion ($869.1 million), and ordinary profit up 32.1% to ?91.9 billion ($847.8 million).
Total hardware sales reached 6.93 million units during the six-month period, up 36.7% when compared to the year before. Naturally the bulk of this was driven by the regular model of the Switch, which sold 4.98 million units, but the new Switch lite managed to shift 1.95 million units -- despite only launching 11 days before the end of the fiscal half.
This brings the lifetime sales for Switch up to 41.67 million units, with 246.01 million games sold.
Software sales for H1 reached 58.49 million units (up 38.8% year-on-year), with all three of Nintendo's major new releases selling more than two million units apiece.
Super Mario Maker 2 was the leader with 3.93 million units, but Link's Awakening wasn't too far behind with 3.13 million -- all the more impressive given the former was released in June and the latter was released on September 20.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses also performed well at 2.29 million units, although this was less than the 2.32 million that evergreen hit Mario Kart 8 Deluxe managed.
Nintendo reports the number of Switch titles to pass one million sales during the financial year, including third-party games, is now up to 11.
The platform holder also reports digital sales of ?71.6 billion ($660.6 million), up 83% year-on-year. This was attributed to the "steady growth in sales" for downloadable games, plus Nintendo Online Subscriptions.
There was a rare insight into the company's mobile business, with revenues from its smartphone titles reported as ?19.9 billion ($183.6 million) for the six moths -- an increase of 6.4% year-on-year. Nintendo did not detail how this was split between previously released titles and new releases Mario Kart Tour and Dr Mario World.
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