The Nintendo Switch continues to sell extremely well. During Nintendo’s last financial briefing, the company confirmed they have sold (technically shipped) 55.77 million lifetime units. In FY 2019, they shipped 21.03 million consoles. The console has not even been out for three years and has already done these numbers. It’s insane!
In March, western countries and even other countries in Asia were really getting impacted by COVID-19. Numerous countries, states, provinces, and territories shut non-essential operations down. This made it harder for gamers to get a hold of a physical version of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as the Animal Crossing + Nintendo Switch bundle.
Despite the hardship, the game performed really well. The game has already reached 11.77 million copies in the month of March. As for the Switch itself, it ended up reaching sale numbers at 4.2 million during the same month. Additionally, the Switch so far is reported to have reached 20.61 million units in North America, 14.23 million in Europe, 13.4 million in Japan, and 6.95 million for other countries and territories. That means the Switch has surpassed 55 million units globally as of May. March was still a great month for Nintendo in term of software and hardware shipments.
Nintendo has been using friend codes ever since the Wii launched in 2006. This was carried over to the Nintendo 3DS which released in 2011. Then when 2012 saw the release of the Wii U and this time, Nintendo did not use friend codes. However, on March 3, 2017 when Nintendo Switch came out, they went back to using friend codes. It turns out, there was a reason for doing so.
A leaked PowerPoint presentation was leaked for the Wii. In it contained a slide discussing friend codes. It seems that nintendo wanted players to have a better experience when playing with family or friends. Rather than guessing someone’s name and sending a friend request from a stranger, friend codes make those random friends requests less likely as that person would need to guess the randomly given 12 digit code. It’s probable that Nintendo wanted to have this return for the Switch.
What do you think? Do you dislike using friend codes? Let us all know!
Nintendo will be shutting down the eShop for regions that only get a limited version of the storefront already. Countries like the Bahamas, Chile, Haiti, and the US territory of the Virgin Islands, as well as many other regions will see shutdowns.
However, if Mexican or Brazilians are reading this, have no further fret. Mexico and Brazil have full versions of the eShop so they will be unaffected. This is mainly for regions that get limited eShops for redeeming download keys.
Users affected by this will have until the end of July to redeem any unused keys for games on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and 3DS. They will also be unable to re-download any previous redeemed games. After 31 July, unused keys will no longer work. The eShop for the Switch will not be affected by this. This is only for the Wii U and 3DS.
What do you know, there was a Direct this week! Nintendo surprised everyone with a mini Direct on March 26. During the Nintendo Direct Mini, 25 minutes of news regarding upcoming Switch titles were shown off.
*At the begining, a message is shown on screen. The message briefly talks about COVID-19. This could possibly cause upcoming titles to be delayed.
Nintendo first showed of Exenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition during the Direct with a new trailer at least three minutes long. The game will be releasing May 29. They also showed off footage from Animal Crossing: New Horizons with a new event. The update will go live April 1 and this is not an April Fools joke. In fact, it will release just in time for Easter. Another game they talked about was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It looks like an ARMS character will be coming to the game in June. There will be more details in the coming months on the new DLC.
A lot of other games were showcased, as well as upcoming DLC. Other title or DLC include Borderlands Legendary Collection, DLC for MARVEL Ultimate Alliance 3: the Black Order, Ring Fit Adventure, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Racing Episode I, and Pokémon Sword & Shield. Additionally, a handful of other games were shown off.
What were some games you are most looking forward to the most? Let us all know!
Earlier, I did a live stream on Twitch on the Indie showcase. If you were unable to watch it, it’s available to view on VOD and later on YouTube. You can also watch the original broadcast with no additional commentary or reaction below.
It was just confirmed that LEGO and Nintendo will be partnering up. LEGO Super Mario has officially been announced. There is not much information yet but be sure to sign up for updates on GAME UK’s official website.
Nintendo released the Switch on March 3, 2017, along with first-party titles The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch. (Breath of the Wild also released on Wii U that same day.) Today, the Switch turns three years old. Time does definitely fly.
To celebrate the three anniversary, this month will have one first-party title and a second-party game will launch this month. On March 6, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX will release on the platform. The other game is Animal Crossing: New Horizons which will launch on March 20. There will also be a limited Animal Crossing themed Nintendo Switch bundle for the game.
Nintendo recently held their financial investors meeting for Q3 of FY 2019 on Thursday January 30, 2020. They have also confirmed the Switch has now reached 52.48 million units in sales, while its software has sold 310.65 million. The Nintendo Switch Lite has made it to 5.19 million units.
This means that the Nintendo Switch has now outsold the Super Nintendo, (Super Famicom in Japan) which sold 49.10 million consoles. As for the software, the Super Nintendo or SNES has reached 379.06 million in sales.
It’s only a matter of time before the Switch outsells the Nintendo Entertainment System, (Famicom in Japan) likely in the next six months. The NES sold 61.91 million units and 500.01 million games. Another interesting feet to this is the Switch has outsold four older Nintendo consoles, not counting the Classic systems, Virtual Boy, or the TV Color consoles from the 70s.
Additionally, Pokémon Sword & Shield combined sold 16 million copies, whereas Luigi’s Mansion 3 reached five million in sales. Upcoming 2020 games for the Switch will sure drive the console closer to outselling the NES. As for outselling the Wii which sold at least 101.63 million consoles, time will tell but it seems more and more likely as the Switch constantly is breaking sales records. It may have even outsold the Xbox ONE already.
In case you missed it, you can watch the full livestream of The Game Awards above. Additionally, below are edited clips of my favorite parts of TGA. Let everyone know what was your favorite part at The Game Awards. Thanks for reading.
Final Fantasy VII Remake – The Game Awards 2019 Trailer
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