Nintendo has shared its financial earnings for the first quarter of the current fiscal year, and the Nintendo Switch continues to work well. The company reports that it has sold another 1.88 million switches consoles worldwide throughout the period from April to June, giving the system's total sales up to 19.6 million.
While it represents a slight decline in Switch hardware sales from the same period last year (down 4.4% year on year), software sales increased by more than 120% from the previous year, with 17.96 million units sold in the quarter . Digital sales of packaged Switch games and DLC also increased by 68% from the same period last year.
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Nintendo 3DS continued chugging together, selling another 360,000 units (down 62% year on year). The handheld lifetime sales now amount to 72.89 million units. Meanwhile, Nintendo's smartphone business had a very modest increase of 0.4% year on year. NES Classic Edition also returned to stores by the end of the quarter and has already been successful in selling 1.26 million units.
Despite the fact that the first half of this fiscal year is slower for Switch sales, Nintendo still expects to sell 20 million more units by the end of the fiscal year, which runs through March 2019. It may still be possible given how much business it traditionally do during your vacation. The company says Switch sales in all regions have been "trending up" since the E3 2018, and it still has a number of big games lined up for the system by the end of the year.
In addition to the newly announced Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit, the company releases Xenoblade Chronicles 2 prequel extension, Torna: The Golden Country, in September; Super Mario Party in October; Pokemon: Let's go, Pikachu and Let's go, Eevee in November; and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in December. Nintendo also rolls out its premium Nintendo Switch Online service in September.