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Nintendo: games for smartphones in withdrawal, the Switch exceeds the Wii

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The smartphone market looks like a hobby for Nintendo, which presented its financial results last night. This segment does not weigh heavily against the monumental card of the Switch, the hybrid console having officially become more popular than the Wii with a total of 103.5 million copies sold since its debut in 2017. Over its entire career , the Wii had reached 101.6 million units.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is one of Nintendo’s mobile hits.

In the smartphone games segment, Nintendo recorded sales of just under 40 billion yen, approximately 305 million euros, during the nine-month period ending at the end of December (the fiscal year of the constructor ends at the end of March). This is 5.2% less than during the same period of 2020.

The business has had its ups and downs: Dr Mario was pulled from app stores at the end of October because the game was all rotten didn’t yield much. Other titles have seen better fortunes such as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, which according to Sensor Tower has exceeded the $250 million mark in revenue since its launch in 2017.

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Mario Kart Tour has crossed the $200 million line. And Nintendo hopes a lot from Pikmin Bloom, which takes up the formula of Pokémon GO, in a calmer way. Nintendo operates five games for smartphones, with the same strategy: to attract mobile gamers to the Switch with well-known franchises.

Pikmin Bloom, the new game from the creators of Pokémon GO is available in France

Pikmin Bloom, the new game from the creators of Pokémon GO is available in France

All this is pocket money for Nintendo, which over this period has garnered a turnover of around 10.1 billion euros for a net profit of 3.6 billion euros. The company still shows a decline in sales of 6% and its result of 9.3%, but it was difficult to fight against the exceptional performance of the year 2020, the whole world having rushed to the Switch (and Animal Crossing: New Horizons) to keep busy during confinement.

During these nine months, Nintendo sold 18.95 million Switches, including 3.17 million of the Lite model and almost 4 million of the OLED version released last October – despite supply difficulties. The console is first in many national rankings, including France, and this enviable position should continue with the release a few days ago of the highly anticipated Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which is very difficult to let go of believe in my experience. .

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In France, the Switch breaks all records and should soon overtake the Wii

In France, the Switch breaks all records and should soon overtake the Wii

During the audio call with investors, Nintendo given some indications on lots of subjects, starting with the one that is shaking up the video game industry at the moment. The manufacturer feels there is potential in the metaverse and NFTs, but it is a reflection at the moment on the definition of what Nintendo can bring in these areas.

Regarding the sausage fair that sees Microsoft and Sony play the checkbook at all costs to afford the biggest studios, Shuntaro Furukawa, president of Nintendo, does not want to enter this crazy farandole of dollars. ” Our brand is built on products created with dedication by our employees “, he explained. ” To regain [dans nos rangs] a large number of people without the Nintendo DNA would not be a plus “.

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