Nintendo’s First Earnings Report For 2023 Shows There’s Still Steam Left In This Train

Still Smashing it.

Nintendo has released its newest earnings review for Q1 2023, including updated sales figures for its Switch hardware and first-party published software.

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo products are still flying off of store shelves, but with this newest report we at least get a look into some of its recently-released software titles to see how they’ve performed overall.

Of particular note are the company’s four key releases for the quarter, Metroid Prime Remastered, Fire Emblem Engage, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe and Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon, all of which have done incredibly well. Of the four, only Bayonetta Origins hadn’t managed to crack the million seller mark but it also released quite late in the quarter on March 8th.

Predictably, last November’s twin Pokémon releases have continued to rack up huge numbers with a total of 22.10 million units sold between them.

In terms of hardware, less Switch consoles sold this quarter than the same time last year, but that feels about right given how deep we are into the console’s life cycle. Nintendo’s aspirations to put multiple switches in every household should see a nice boost next quarter though, after the arrival of that shiny The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Special Edition Switch OLED. In spite of that, the company is forecasting a drop in sales for FY24 in comparison to FY23.

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You can read the full report here if you’re a nerd for numbers, but we’ve included the sales highlights below:

  • Nintendo Switch Console Hardware (All SKUs) – 125.62 million units (3.06 million in Jan ’23 – Mar ’23)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 53.79 million
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 42.21 million
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 31.09 million
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 29.81 million
  • Super Mario Odyssey – 23.50 million
  • Pokémon Scarlet / Pokémon Violet – 22.10 million
  • Super Mario Party – 19.14 million
  • New Super Mario Bros U. Deluxe – 15.41 million
  • Ring Fit Adventure – 15.38 million
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus – 14.83 million
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 12.82 million
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus – 12.64 million
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 11.38 million
  • Splatoon 3 – 10.67 million
  • Mario Party Superstars – 10.17 million
  • Nintendo Switch Sports – 9.60 million
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land – 6.46 million
  • Mario Strikers: Battle League Football – 2.54 million
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – 1.86 million
  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe – 1.46 million
  • Metroid Prime Remastered – 1.09 million
  • Bayonetta 3 – 1.07 million