As Switch sales slow, Nintendo blames component shortages.

Nintendo has blamed component shortages for the ongoing slowing of Switch hardware sales, which has impacted the company’s overall sales and profit for the most latest fiscal quarter.

But it’s not all bad news. Switch game sales remain strong, with more games sold to consumers year over year and a promising start for Nintendo Switch Sports (which has now notched up 4.84m copies).

Nintendo highlighted several other first-party games that sold well over the past three months, including Mario Strikers Battle League, which sold 1.91 million copies, and Kirby and the Forgotten Land, which sold another 1.88 million, bringing the total to 4.53 million and making it the best-selling Kirby game ever.

The evergreen Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold another 1.48 million, bringing its overall sales to 46.82 million, while Animal Crossing: New Horizons has 39.38 million.

All Nintendo Switch hardware models have now sold 111.08 million units, falling just 7 million short of the Game Boy. In comparison, that’s 10 million more than the Wii and 97 million more than the Wii U.

According to Nintendo, overall demand for the Switch “remains stable in all regions.”

Nintendo’s admittedly conservative estimates for Nintendo Switch sales over the remainder of the fiscal year, which will see the release of games such as Bayonetta 3, Splatoon 3, Mario Rabbids 2, and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, remain unchanged.


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