Nintendo had a handful of new game launches during its last fiscal quarter, but the publisherâ€™s older hits were just as important to its bottom line. The company sold 2.07 million copies of New PokÃ©mon Snap, 1.34 million copies of Mario Golf: Super Rush, and 1.04 million copies of Miitopia. But during the same period, it also sold 1.69 million copies of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 1.26 million copies of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In total, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing are at 37 million and 34 million copies sold, respectively.
Itâ€™s these big sales numbers that set Nintendo apart from Microsoft and Sony. While Xbox and PlayStation certainly have hits, they rely more heavily on the initial pop from blockbuster releases. Nintendoâ€™s audience, however, tends to pick up a Mario Kart or Animal Crossing alongside the purchase a Switch even if those games are years old.
To that point,Â Mario Kart 8 was the No. 7 best-selling game in the United States in June. And that does not include any digital sales for that game.
This is what leads to situations where Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to outsell new games games. And itâ€™s also what has led to the Switch having at least seven games that have surpassed 15-million copies sold.
Here is that list:
Mario Kart 7 Deluxe â€” 37.08 million
Animal Crossing: New Horizons â€” 33.89 million
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate â€” 24.77 million
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild â€” 23.2 million
PokÃ©mon Sword/Shield â€” 21.85 million
Super Mario Odyssey â€” 21.4 million
Super Mario Party â€” 15.72 million
So even when Nintendo has a bad year-over-year comparison, like it did for this most recent Q1, its long-term numbers are still healthy. And that indicates that when something like the Switch OLED launches, customers will show up for new releases, but theyâ€™ll also likely continue dropping money on Nintendoâ€™s back catalog as well.