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Switch Shipments Reach 84.59 Million Units as of March 31

Switch Shipments Reach 84.59 Million Units as of March 31 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 June 2021 / 3,255 Views

Nintendo has released its latest hardware and software figures for the Nintendo Switch through March 31, 2021. Shipments figures for the Nintendo Switch reached 84.59 million units, while 587.12 million Switch games have been shipped lifetime.

For the quarter Nintendo shipped 4.73 million Switch units (+43.7% year-over-year) and 54.78 million Switch games. The Switch hardware breaks down to 2.10 million units shipped in the Americas, 1.16 million units in Japan, 0.87 million in Europe, and 0.60 million in the rest of the world. 

For the 2021 fiscal year, which ended March 31, 2021, Nintendo shipped 28.83 million Switch units (+37.1% year-over-year). 

Nintendo forecasted it will ship 25.5 million Switch units in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022.

Nintendo reported net sales of ¥1,758.9 billion ($16.09 billion) and an operating profit of ¥640.6 billion ($5.86 billion).

Switch Shipments Reach 79.87 Million Units as of December 31, Mario Kart and Animal Crossing Top 30M

Here are the top 10 best-selling Switch first-party titles:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 35.39 million
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 32.63 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 23.84 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 22.28 million
  5. Pokemon Sword / Pokemon Shield – 21.10 million
  6. Super Mario Odyssey – 20.83 million
  7. Super Mario Party – 14.79 million
  8. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 13.28 million
  9. Splatoon 2 – 12.21 million
  10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 10.44 million
Nintendo also shared the sales figures of more games:
  1. Ring Fit Adventure – 10.11 million
  2. Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 9.59 million
  3. Super Mario 3D All-Stars – 9.01 million
  4. Super Mario Maker 2 – 7.15 million
  5. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 5.59 million (released February 12)
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – 5.49 million
  7. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – 3.14 million
  8. Paper Mario: The Origami King – 3.12 million
  9. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – 3.07 million (excluding Japan)
  10. Pikmin 3 Deluxe – 2.04 million
  11. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition – 1.52 million
  12. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit – 1.27 million

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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2zosteven (on 06 May 2021)

will be number 5 all time by the end of the year.

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OTBWY (on 06 May 2021)

It's in the range of PS2/DS. A pricecut hasn't even been given, so that can provide a huge boost. And a pro model can put it over the edge. People need to believe.

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Dulfite (on 06 May 2021)

Wow, Paper Mario Origami King is only a little bit away from passing Super Paper Mario as the greatest selling in the series. The game was definitely not as good as the original three, but it was far, far better than Sticker Star and Color Splash and it launched on a popular device (unlike Color Splash and TTYD).

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2zosteven Dulfite (on 06 May 2021)

good catch. did not pay attention

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Kakadu18 Dulfite (on 06 May 2021)

Only shipped 70k in this quarter. It most likely won't reach 4mil, sadly. Doesn't have good legs.

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Dulfite Kakadu18 (on 06 May 2021)

3rd/4th quarter this year should bump it quite a bit I would think.

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Apkopf Dulfite (on 06 May 2021)

In case Origami king doesn't make it to this list again by selling a million in a fiscal year again, does Nintendo usually announce when it becomes the best seller in a franchise?

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Kakadu18 Apkopf (on 06 May 2021)

Probably not, but we'll get updates up to the end of each CY from CESA Games White Papers to whom Nintendo among other publishers provides all other million seller updates.

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holzi Kakadu18 (on 06 May 2021)

Where can I find these reports from previous years? This should shed light on a lot of million sellers that have not been reported on by Nintendo for years.

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Kakadu18 holzi (on 06 May 2021)

Wikipedia, best selling Switch games. The last update was up to December 31st 2019.

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SvenTheTurkey Dulfite (on 06 May 2021)

Origami king is actually maybe my favorite. The original is the only competition. Color splash is up there though imo.

Never could get much farther than an hour or two into SPM before I lost interest. Beat sticker star and ttyd but they both fell a little flat (pun unintended) to me.

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Legit (on 06 May 2021)

Switch must be 86+ mill by Nintendo's count right about now

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G2ThaUNiT (on 06 May 2021)

WOW! The Switch for sure will become the best selling Nintendo home console, and will pass the PS4 and Game Boy line by next year. But does it have the legs to pass the DS and PS2? Nintendo will really have to crank out some bomb software over the next couple of years for that to happen!

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SvenTheTurkey (on 06 May 2021)

Given their relatively low forecast for the current fiscal year, I think we can finally rule out the switch pro rumors for the year.

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