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Nintendo mobile division sales up 17% to $412m in FY2019

Total sales for the fiscal year rose to $10.7 billion
Nintendo mobile division sales up 17% to $412m in FY2019

Sales for Nintendo’s mobile division increase 17 per cent year-over-year to ¥46 billion ($412m) in FY2019.

Nintendo’s mobile business sits under ‘mobile, IP related income, etc.’, which includes both sales from its own games and royalties.

Some of that increase is likely thanks to the launch of Cygames’ Dragalia Lost back in September 2018. Nintendo did not disclose exactly how well the title is doing, though App Annie data shows an inconsistent performer that regularly sits outside the top 50 and 100 grossing App Store positions in Japan.

Fire Emblem Heroes meanwhile continues to be the company’s flagship mobile title.

Nintendo is set to release two new games in FY2019 in the shape of Dr. Mario World and Mario Kart Tour. The latter is currently taking applications for a closed beta in Japan and the US.

Switching up

As for its console business, the Nintendo Switch has sold 16.95 million units over the last fiscal year ending March 31st 2019, up 12.7 per cent year-over-year. Software sales grew 86.7 per cent over the period to 118.55 million.

Lifetime hardware and software sales now stand at 34.74 million and 187.52 million respectively. By comparison, the Wii sold 101.63 million units in its lifetime and 920.81 million software units. 

In terms of hardware sales, the Switch is now ahead of the Wii U (13.56m) Gamecube (21.74m) and Nintendo 64 (32.93m), but trails the Super Nintendo's 49.10m units and the NES' 61.91m units.

Switch Software lineup

On the Switch, Super Smash Bros has now sold 13.81 million units, while Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee have sold 10.63 million copies between them. Super Mario Party trailed these titles with a still impressive 6.4 million units, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 7.47 during the fiscal year.

In total, the Nintendo Switch had 23 million-seller hits.

The console giant hopes to drive further significant hardware and software sales over the next year with releases such as Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit, Super Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Pokemon Sword and Shield, Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

Hardware sales for the Nintendo 3DS totalled 2.55 million for the fiscal year, a decrease of 60.2 per cent year-on-year. Software sales fell 62.9 per cent to 13.22 million.

Overall, net sales for Nintendo was up 13.7 per cent to ¥1.2 trillion ($10.7bn) for the year, while profit came rose 39 per cent to ¥194 billion ($1.7bn).