As Switch sales drop, Nintendo is blamed for components shortages

As Switch sales drop, Nintendo is blamed for components shortages

Nintendo has blamed component shortages for a further slowing of Switch hardware sales, which has resulted in the company''s total sales and profit being affected in the previous financial quarter.

It''s not all bad news, however. Switch game sales remain slow, with more games being sold to consumers year-on-year and a solid start for Nintendo Switch Sports (which has now increased by 4.84 million copies).

Nintendo revealed that several other first-party games have sold well over the past three months: Mario Strikers Battle League increased by 1.91 million copies, while Kirby and the Forgotten Land sold another 1.88 million copies, bringing the total amount of the 4.53 million to the game, making it the best-selling Kirby game ever.

Another 1.48 million people sold in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, up to a staggering 46.82 million to date, while Animal Crossing: New Horizons is at 39.38 million.

The total sales of all Nintendo Switch hardware models have now reached 111.08 million units, just 7m short of Game Boy. By comparison, it''s also 10 million more than Wii, and 97 million more than Wii U.

The Switch''s overall demand "remains stable in all areas," according to Nintendo.

Nintendo''s more moderate predictions for Nintendo Switch sales for the remainder of the financial year, which will see games such as Bayonetta 3, Splatoon 3, Mario Rabbids 2, as well as Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Earlier this week, Sony announced its own financial results. PlayStation 5 sales were unchanged, while game sales plummeted year on year.

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