May 9, 2018 8:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

From one week of the Nintendo Switch’s launch, we have all heard how successful a platform it is. From the console constantly selling out and reports of games being ported to it, selling more copies on Switch compared to other platforms, and Nintendo’s latest financial results revealing just how popular their million seller titles are, the Switch is even more of a success than most would realise.

So, naturally, because we are the curious sort and Nintendo did provide us with the sales numbers for Switch games from March 3, 2017 to March 31, 2018, we thought we’d do a bit of number crunching and see just hope profitable Nintendo’s 8 best-selling Switch games really are and the results are surprising. With just 8 games, Nintendo was able to net more than $2.4 billion US dollars and while we will explain the math later on, first up is just how well each of the 8 titles did, but there are some things you need to take into consideration:

 

  • The numbers you are about to see do not concern the money Nintendo has made off of DLC for the 3 titles that currently support it.
  • The numbers do not factor in development costs for each game listed, the costs for promoting each title and manufacturing & distributing the physical releases.
  • All numbers are based on the Gross amount each game has made.
  • All results are based on US prices, so when you consider the exchange rates for differing countries, with the likes of European nations having to pay more and many people buying their games from certain stores that allow them to get them cheaper, the numbers we provide are estimates as to what the actual numbers should be but in reality, they are most likely higher than what we’ve worked out.

 

And now we can begin, starting with the Nintendo Switch’s best-selling game, to its least best-selling of the 8 that have surpassed 1 million sales.

 

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Total units sold: 10.41 million

Retail price: $59.99 US dollars

Total Wealth accumulated based on sales: $624,495,900 US dollars

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Total units sold: 9.22 million

Retail price: $59.99 US dollars

Total Wealth accumulated based on sales: $533,107,500 US dollars

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Total units sold: 8.48 million

Retail price: $59.99 US dollars

Total Wealth accumulated based on sales: $508,715,200 US dollars

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Total units sold: 6.02 million

Retail price: $59.99 US dollars

Total Wealth accumulated based on sales: $361,139,800 US dollars

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Total units sold: 2.29 million

Retail price: $49.99 US dollars

Total Wealth accumulated based on sales: $114,477,100 US dollars

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Total units sold: 1.85 million

Retail price: $59.99 US dollars

Total Wealth accumulated based on sales: $110,981,500 US dollars

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Total units sold: 1.31 million

Retail price: $59.99 US dollars

Total Wealth accumulated based on sales: $78,586,900 US dollars

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Total units sold: 1.26 million

Retail price: $59.99 US dollars

Total Wealth accumulated based on sales: $75,587,400 US dollars

Now, a couple things worth bringing up is the fact that out of 8 games, 1-2-Switch is the only one available for $49.99 as the rest are $59.99, also Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Kirby Star Allies are the only games that have yet to amass more than $100,000 US dollars, which is something both titles could very well do before the end of 2018, Kirby Star Allies set to surpass the number come the end of May, if it hasn’t done so already. (Remember, all April 2018 sales are not factored in.)

 

With that out of the way, onto the math. Together, those 8 games (not including Pokkén Tournament DX, Fire Emblem Warriors and other games Nintendo published between March 2017 and April 2018,) Nintendo sold 40,840,000 million copies and made $2,427,091,300 billion US dollars, in the process.  What makes the figures more impressive (remember it’s a ballpark number and not a specific one as only Nintendo has those) is when we consider just how much the Switch itself has made. Not including money made due to consumers buying accessories for the Nintendo Switch, such as Pro Controllers and Joy-Con, with the Switch having sold 17.79 million units, if we times that by 300 (assuming each unit sold for $300 US dollars) that adds up to $5,337,000,000 billion. On the 8 games listed and console sales Nintendo has made $7,764,091,300 billion in 13 months. Now, I don’t know about you, but that’s a huge chunk of change to take to the bank and all the proof we could possibly need for Nintendo to cement themselves as being back on top, which is exactly where they belong!

 

I can only imagine what the numbers will be like this time next year, should the likes of Pokémon, Metroid Prime, Fire Emblem, Super Smash Bros. make their debut! And on that bombshell, thank you for reading, but until next time, Keep on gaming!

 

 

*All sales numbers are taken directly from Nintendo

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