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The latest Japanese hardware sales from Famitsu are as follows:

Nintendo has had continued success with Switch since the system launched in 2017. The pattern has continued through this year, and 2020 may actually be the platform’s best year yet from a sales perspective.

That’s further backed up by the NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella. In a tweet shared earlier today, Piscatella revealed that in the United States, Switch sold more hardware units in Q3 than any platform since the DS in 2009.

2020 has been a strong year for the gaming industry overall. Total industry consumer spending on video gaming in the U.S. reached $11.2 billion in the third quarter, a 24 percent increase year-over-year.


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It wasn’t until Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield that the series received major DLC. Whereas past entries often saw a third game/version later on, the two Switch titles were instead given expansions in the form of The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.

Game Informer recently asked The Pokemon Company about this new approach. Regarding DLC and whether they take the approach of traditional follow-up third games, they said:

Pokemon GO and Pokemon Home have updated with new functionality, allowing the two apps to connect.

Players can set up a link with their Nintendo Account in the settings area. Once that’s complete, Pokemon can be sent with the Home Transporter. Keep in mind that Transporter Energy is needed to move Pokemon from GO to Home.

If you transfer a Pokemon, you’ll receive a Melmetal that can Gigantamax, and it can be used in Pokemon Sword/Shield.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Nintendo’s biggest success of the year. No one could have predicted that it would have sold over 26 million copies in just a few months. Nintendo wants that success to continue, with president Shuntaro Furukawa stating during the company’s financial results conference call that with its first year-end sales season approaching, “we hope even more people will take that opportunity to purchase the game.”

Those that already have Animal Crossing: New Horizons can look forward to more content in the future. Furukawa said Nintendo “will continue to implement in-game events and would like to create a situation where consumers will keep enjoying the game for a long time.”

His full words:

When Pokemon Unite releases, it’ll support full cross-platform play. Switch and smart devices will be fully compatible, allowing all users to connect online together.

While The Pokemon Company is trying out cross-platform play, the feature is not something that Nintendo itself is pursuing at the moment. President Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed there are currently no such plans to integrate the functionality for its titles during the company’s financial results conference call last week.

He said:

When you think about Nintendo’s major markets, North America, Europe, and Japan come to mind. However, other regions of the world are beginning to have more of an impact, including Asia.

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa spoke about sales in Asia during the company’s latest financial results conference call. As part of that, we hear that in China, “Ring Fit Adventure got off to a great start when it was released by them on September 3 and it continues to sell well.”

Furukawa had this to say about Asia:

During a conference call stemming from Nintendo’s financial results, president Shuntaro Furukawa reiterated that Switch is in the middle of its life cycle. He also said that the company views this “as building a foundation for growth that goes beyond the life cycles of our previous hardware platforms.”

Regarding the future, Furukawa said that Nintendo “will continue efforts to extend the Nintendo Switch life cycle, while promoting initiatives that make use of Nintendo Accounts and pursuing our goal of motivating consumers to play our platforms for years to come.” Additionally, the massive hit that was Animal Crossing: New Horizons and causing many new hardware purchases “will continue efforts to extend the Nintendo Switch life cycle, while promoting initiatives that make use of Nintendo Accounts and pursuing our goal of motivating consumers to play our platforms for years to come.”

Furukawa’s full words:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been a massive success. It has already sold over 26 million copies worldwide despite releasing this year, and has helped move a ton of Switch hardware.

While speaking about the game during a financial results conference call, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa shared an interesting tidbit. Interestingly, Furukawa said that “Pikmin 3 Deluxe has frequently been chosen as the next title after Animal Crossing: New Horizons by many consumers, especially in Japan.” It makes sense that Nintendo wants Switch owners who started out with Animal Crossing “to become aware of and play as many different titles as possible, regardless of whether those titles are new or evergreen.”

Furukawa had this to say when asked about how many of the previously released titles that hit the million mark in the six-month financial period were ones that people can enjoy playing together, and whether they were consciously recommended to Animal Crossing players:

During the conference call for Nintendo’s latest financial results, president Shuntaro Furukawa was asked about the sales outlook for the next quarter and what can be expected for year-end sales.

Furukawa mentioned that Switch hardware demand has been strong into October, and “sales are continuing at a good pace.” Despite not having a major first-party title like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Pokemon Sword/Shield, Nintendo is still hoping for “another big holiday season”, which is “thanks to the many consumers, including those new consumers who developed an interest in Nintendo Switch because of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, picking up our new titles, titles released in conjunction with the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary and our evergreen titles.”

Furukawa’s full words: