Nintendo Switch Hardware Sales Hit Almost 130 Million in Q2 2023!

Nintendo has shared its Q2 2023 financial results for the three month period ending June 30th, 2023. This includes a sales update for the Nintendo Switch console/handheld hybrid hardware almost reaching 130 million units sold. As well as total sales numbers for Nintendo’s bestselling games software that includes a record-breaking debut for Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom at 18.5 million copies sold!

Nintendo Switch 2023 Hardware Sales

Total hardware sales:

  • Switch hardware all-time total – 129.53 million
  • Switch software all-time total – 1.08835 billion

With the Switch almost hitting 130 million units sold, let’s see how close they are to the all-time bestselling handheld and console…

  • PlayStation 2 console hardware total – 158.70 million
  • Nintendo DS handheld hardware total – 154.02 million

Breakdown per system:

  • Overall Switch sales this period – 3.91 million
  • Standard Switch sales this period – 0.64 million
  • Switch OLED sales this period – 2.83 million
  • Switch Lite sales this period – 0.43 million

Nintendo Switch 2023 Million Sellers

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • 55.46 million pieces.

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • 42.79 million pieces.

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • 31.77 million pieces.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 30.65 million pieces.

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • 26.44 million pieces.

  • Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield
  • 25.92 million pieces.

  • Pokémon Scarlet/Pokémon Violet
  • 22.66 million pieces.

  • Super Mario Party
  • 19.39 million pieces.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • 18.51 million pieces.

  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • 16.17 million pieces.

*The numbers shown above are worldwide consolidated sales in units life-to-date.
*Software units include the quantity bundled with hardware or other products.
*Software units include the downloadable versions.
*Package images shown above are for Japanese market.

Nintendo Q2 2023 Financial Results

Here are the full Nintendo Q2 2023 financial results:

  • Net sales this period – 461.3 billion yen / US$3.2 billion
  • Mobile, IP related income, etc. this period – 31.8 billion yen / US$221.3 million
  • Operating profit this period – 185.4 billion yen / US$1.29 billion
  • Ordinary profit this period: 253.7 billion yen / US$1.77 billion

Here’s the full Nintendo Q2 2023 press release:

Regarding the Nintendo Switch business during the first quarter (April through June 2023), The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (released in May) got off to a good start recording sales of 18.51 million units. The April release of The Super Mario Bros. Movie positively impacted sales of Mario related titles, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe recording sales of 1.67 million units (for cumulative sales of 55.46 million units). Other titles also continued to sell steadily. As a result of these factors, hardware unit sales increased 13.9% year-on-year to 3.91 million units, and software unit sales increased 26.1% year-on-year to 52.21 million units.

Turning to the digital business for our dedicated video game platform, digital sales rose 35.9% year-on-year to 119.6 billion yen, helped by the depreciation of the yen combined with good sales of downloadable versions of packaged software for Nintendo Switch and increased sales related to Nintendo Switch Online.

In the mobile and IP related business, the combination of an increase in income from royalties and the high level of audience engagement with The Super Mario Bros. Movie resulted in overall sales of 31.8 billion yen (an increase of 190.1% year-on-year).

The end result is that overall sales reached 461.3 billion yen, with sales outside Japan of 369.0 billion yen accounting for 80.0% of that total. Operating profit came to 185.4 billion yen. With the depreciation of the yen in foreign exchange markets, we recorded foreign exchange gains of 47.2 billion yen, with the result that ordinary profit totaled 253.7 billion yen and profit attributable to owners of parent totaled 181.0 billion yen.

For hardware, by continuing to convey the appeal of Nintendo Switch, we try not only to put one system in every home, but several in every home, or even one for every person. Another objective is to continually release new offerings so more consumers keep playing Nintendo Switch even longer and we can maximize hardware sales.

For software, we released Pikmin 4 in July, which will be followed by the release of Super Mario Bros. Wonder in October and Super Mario RPG in November. In addition, add-on content for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet in the form of The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero is on the way. The first wave of this add-on content, The Teal Mask, is planned to be released in the fall of 2023, and the second part, The Indigo Disk, is planned for release in the winter of 2023. Other software publishers also plan to release a wide variety of titles, and we will work to invigorate the platform by supplementing existing titles with a continuous stream of new titles and add-on content.

Nintendo of Japan