Nintendo first-party titles made up 85% of yearly game sales

Turns out people buy Nintendo products to play Nintendo games--who knew?

@DeekeTweak
Published Mon, May 7 2018 1:40 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:52 AM CST

First-party games like Super Mario Odyssey strongly drove software sales for the last fiscal year.

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While taking a gander at Nintendo's recent yearly earnings I noticed something not too surprising: the vast majority of total software sales were from games developed in-house by the Japanese company. In Nintendo's filings for the fiscal year ended March 2018 the games-maker reveals it sold 102.31 million copies of games across Switch, Wii U and 3DS both digitally and in-store, which strongly contributed to the $3.7 billion (1.055 trillion yen) earned during the period.

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In specific figures, the filings also note that first party games made up 85% of total software sales during the year, or about 82 million units. Considering IPs like Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon are huge heavy-hitting sales powerhouses, this trend towards first-party dominance should continue throughout the Switch's life cycle. Nintendo plans to continue driving its "distinctive software-driven hardware and software business" with a steady stream of new games and content to keep players actively engaged in the respective platform ecosystems.

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Total software unit sales (3'2018): 102.31 million

  • Nintendo Switch: 63.51 million
  • 3DS: 35.564 million
  • Wii U: 3.16 million
NEWS SOURCE:nintendo.co.jp

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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