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a record year for Nintendo

The last “Animal Crossing” sold more in six weeks than the previous episode in several years. BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP

Thursday May 7 was the opportunity for Nintendo to unveil its balance sheet for the financial year ended, current from April 2019 to March 2020. We learn in particular thatAnimal Crossing: New Horizons has sold 13.41 million copies (both in-store and for download) worldwide since its release in mid-March.

It's a start four to five times better than that achieved by the episode New leaf, when it was released in 2012. This is above all more than what New leaf has achieved over its entire commercial life, which spanned many years: the one that had hitherto been the episode of all records had indeed sold a total of 12.55 million copies.

Another big success of the past year for Nintendo is the diptych Sword Pokémon and Shield Pokémon, released on November 15, 2019 and sold 17.37 million copies since. You have to go back to the episodes Diamond and Pearl, released in 2006, to find the Nintendo star series also in good shape.

Sales records for the Switch console

Success which partly explains the excellent sales figures for the Switch: the Nintendo console sold 21.03 million copies in this third year of commercial existence (including 3.29 million copies for the first quarter of 2020), compared to 16.95 million the previous year. In total, Nintendo has therefore sold 55.77 million Switch since its launch in March 2017. It thus exceeds the figures of its ancestor, the Super Nintendo, released in 1990, and approaches those of the ancient NES, released in 1983.

On the other hand, if the Japanese publisher has sold 169 million games this year (and 356.24 million since the launch of the Switch), it forecasts that the impact of the coronavirus on sales and on development studios will not allow '' sell only 140 million more in the coming year.

Another interesting fact, because still rarely communicated by publishers: the income generated by download games now represents 34% of game income for Nintendo.

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