From Super Mario Wonder to Zelda Totk- is 2023 the best year for Nintendo Switch?

The year 2023 has been filled with spectacles for the Nintendo Switch. From the return of iconic titles such as Zelda, Mario, Metroid, and Pikmin to recording high numbers on the sales sheets, Nintendo has been winning the board this year.

Nintendo released the Switch back in 2017. In the six years since its release, the Nintendo Switch has had many highs. However, among them, 2023 seems like a dream, like a golden year for the console so far. But is it the best year for the console? Let’s take a look.

Is 2023 the best year for Nintendo?

It is difficult to definitively say whether 2023 is the best year for Nintendo. However, there are several indications that suggest it could be a great year for the company and its fans. Here are some points to consider:

  • Some fans on Reddit and other forums have speculated that 2023 could be the best year for Nintendo since 2017, due to the number of highly anticipated releases.
  • Several major Nintendo franchises are returning in 2023, including Metroid, Mario, Pikmin, and Zelda.
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  • Many of these upcoming releases have generated a lot of excitement among fans, with trailers showcasing new gameplay footage, updated graphics, and new features.
  • The Nintendo Switch has been a huge success for Nintendo, with a large and growing library of games that appeal to a wide range of players.
  • The addition of classic Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games to Nintendo Switch Online has also been a popular move among fans.

What are the sales figures this year?

The Nintendo Switch has sold 129.53 million units worldwide as of June 30, 2023.

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  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has sold 18.51 million units as of June 30, 2023.
  • For its fiscal year 2024, which ends in March 2024, Nintendo forecasts a decrease in net sales and profits “due to a reduction in the unit sales of Nintendo Switch hardware and software”.
  • Nintendo forecasts selling 15 million Switch units in fiscal year 2024 and 180 million software units.
  • On the software side of things, there were 213.96 million units sold, which is a 9% decrease compared to the previous fiscal year.
  • Digital sales of Nintendo’s software are up 12.7%, accounting for 48.2% of its total software sales.
  • The Switch recently surpassed the lifetime sales of the Wii in the US and is close to passing the Xbox 360.

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Overall, while Nintendo Switch sales have been strong, there has been a decline in hardware sales from the previous fiscal year. Nintendo has forecasted a decrease in net sales and profits for Fiscal Year 2024.

However, the company is still forecast to sell 15 million Switch units and 180 million software units in fiscal year 2024. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been a successful release, selling 18.51 million units as of June 30, 2023.

In the end, even if 2023 may be the best year ever for the Nintendo Switch, it has undeniably been one of the most successful and bright years for the Japanese gaming giant. With their high plans, such as the rumored Switch 2 and others, the upcoming years also look very promising for Nintendo.

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