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Nintendo Switch Has Sold 55.7 Million Units Worldwide



Consumer Associations in 9 EU countries ask Nintendo for solutions for defective Joy-Con

As planned, Nintendo shared the updated sales data in its latest financial report earlier this morning.

According to the officials, Nintendo Switch had sold 55.7 million units worldwide until the fiscal year that ended on March 31. This makes a total of 21 million units sold in this fiscal year and a sales forecast of 19 million is added for the following.

Here is the official message:

For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, the Nintendo Switch Lite launched in September as a compact, lightweight, and easy-to-carry portable console, and the Nintendo Switch performed very well without losing momentum, resulting in significant growth in Nintendo Switch family sales. 

As for the software, Pokémon Sword and Shield became huge hits, with sales of 17.37 million units, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, released in March, sold 11.77 million units, with the best Nintendo Switch premiere. 

In addition to titles like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Super Mario Maker 2 that were released during this fiscal year, sales also continued to grow steadily for popular titles released in previous fiscal years and for titles from other software publishers. 

The total number of titles exceeding one million units sold is 27 titles, including 9 from other software publishers. 

Nintendo Switch also launched in China through Tencent Holdings Limited in December.

Due to the COVID-19, production, and shipments of the Nintendo Switch console, accessories such as the Joy-Con and Ring Fit Adventure controllers had delays in some regions from February to March, but this only had a limited impact on business results. of this fiscal year.

As a result, hardware and software sales exceeded the good results of last year. 

In terms of volume, hardware sales for this fiscal year totaled 21.03 million units (24.0% increase over last year), and software sales totaled 168.72 million units (42.3% increase over last year).

For Nintendo 3DS, hardware sales totaled 0.69 million units (down 73.0% from a year ago) and software sales totaled 4.99 million units (down 62.3% annually).

Regarding our digital business for dedicated video game platforms, in addition to strong sales of downloadable versions of software also available in physical form for Nintendo Switch, constant growth in sales of download-only software and additional content and the contribution of Nintendo Switch Online throughout the year helped push total digital sales to 204.1 billion yen (an increase of 71.8% over last year).

For the mobile business, many consumers continue to enjoy the applications launched during this fiscal year, such as the Mario Kart Tour, as well as the titles that were launched in previous fiscal years. Our mobile, IP-related revenues reached 51.2 billion yen (11.5% increase over last year).

In total, net sales totaled 1,308.5 billion yen (including overseas sales of 1,007.3 billion yen, or 77% of total sales). Operating profit came to 352.3 billion yen, ordinary profit was 360.4 billion yen, and net profit attributable to the owners of the parent totaled 258.6 billion yen for this fiscal year.

There is concern that COVID-19 will lead to an overall decrease in production and consumption (more details available here ).

Given the situation, we will work to continue to convey the appeal of the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite hardware and expand its player base. Our plans with the Nintendo software include the launch of Xenoblade Definitive Edition in May and Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics in June. In addition, we plan to distribute the Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion pass in June and later this year. Other software publishers also plan to launch a wide variety of attractive titles, and the combination of existing popular titles and a continuous stream of attractive new titles will work together to revitalize the platform.

For our mobile business, operations will focus on encouraging more consumers to continue enjoying the applications launched during this fiscal year such as Mario Kart Tour, as well as existing applications that were launched in previous years.

Through these initiatives, we expect to see results of the order of 1,200.0 billion yen in net sales, with 300 billion yen in operating profit, 290.0 billion yen in ordinary profit and profit attributable to the owners of the parent company. 200.0 billion yen.

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Lst Ark: Servers are shutting down today to allow more fans to play



Lost Ark: Tier 1 Island Route

On February 11th the new MMORPG Lost Ark was released in its Free2Play version for all people who just want to try it. That’s a lot though, which is why the game is still struggling with server issues. That should change now.

Update 8:05 a.m.: The servers are now down.

When will the servers shut down? As announced by Amazon via the Lost Ark official website, the servers will go offline this morning, that is, on February 13, at 8 a.m. GMT.

The downtime affects all European servers equally and you will not be able to log into the game in the meantime.

How long will they stay offline? The maintenance work is planned for about 3 hours. So if all goes well, you’ll be able to return to the world of Arkesia at 11 a.m.

We’ll keep you up to date in the live ticker when the servers return and if there will be any delays again.

Lost Ark’s last scheduled server maintenance was scheduled for 4 hours, but ended up lasting over 10 hours, leading to some negative reviews on Steam.

Why are the servers going down? Since Lost Ark was released, the new MMORPG has been struggling with long queues and server problems. At the prime time on February 12, more than 1.3 million people played the action game at the same time.

This also meant that some servers had to be completely closed to new players. Especially the server Asta, on which many German players gather, is affected by long queues.

Sometimes the fans have to wait up to 6 hours just to log in. Incidentally, this only works if you already have a character on the Asta server. New players were completely denied access until the evening hours of February 12th.

To address this situation, Amazon is working with Smilegate to increase server capacity. At this point, however, they are not telling us exactly how this is supposed to work.

Are the queues gone then? No, probably not. In the blog post, the publishers emphasize that they only want to create the basic framework for further updates and more server capacities during the downtime.

We, therefore, do not assume that you will be able to continue gambling directly at 11 a.m. without queues, even if that would be desirable.

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Lost Ark: An exact time when the servers will go online



Lost Ark: Tier 2 Island Route

Today at 6 p.m. the Lost Ark servers should (re)open to all players after the scheduled maintenance. But nothing will come of the official Lost Ark Launch! The launch is delayed due to “deployment issues”.

An exact time when the servers will go online again has not yet been announced. “We hope that this problem will be fixed in a few hours,” the announcement simply says.

We’ll keep you posted on updates here!

Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed due to deployment issues. We hope this will be fixed in a few hours.

Your patience is appreciated and we will update you soon.

Restart Lost Ark Client

We have received important information from the Community Team. Waiting in the server screen doesn’t seem to help. The server list does not appear there automatically. So a reboot is required.

Waiting at the server screen won’t help, as it will require a fresh launch of the client as far as I’m aware.

You can read our guide for Lost Ark here.

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New pioneer package with server change in Lost Ark



Lost Ark guide: List of runes and their effects

Lost Ark has been better received than many thought. Even Amazon did not expect this rush. And so there were long queues on some servers, as was the case with New World. Since a real server change is not possible, many players simply created a new character on a new server. However, some of these players have already redeemed their pioneer package on the first server and thus used it up unnecessarily.

As Amazon has now announced, we will get an additional set of exclusive items on the new server. These items are bound to the character and thus cannot be traded. They can soon be redeemed on every new server.

During the Head Start period for Lost Ark, a massive number of heroes arrived in Arkesia. While we are thrilled to have so many players joining us, we also recognize that this has brought about large queues on our more popular servers, leading to a less than ideal experience for these players.

In an effort to improve the player experience for those who have faced queues, we will be taking several steps to put preventative measures in place ahead of our full launch tomorrow morning, in addition to addressing some of the outstanding issues surrounding Founder’s Pack claims.

Founder’s Pack Redemptions

Players have let us know one of the reasons they are reluctant to switch to lower population servers is because many of them have already redeemed their Founder’s Packs on another server. To help combat this and make exploring new servers a more reasonable choice, we will be granting ALL Founder’s Pack purchasers that redeem their pack by 12 PM PT (8 PM UTC) on Monday, February 14th with an extra set of the exclusive items from the Founder’s Pack they redeemed (e.g., the Founder’s Exclusive Pet and Founder’s Title from the Bronze pack; see full list below) as well as some additional Royal Crystals for Silver, Gold, and Platinum Pack purchasers. These items will not be tradeable, and will be delivered to a player’s Product Inventory so they can be claimed on a new server. Your original Founder’s Pack will not be affected by this, and will remain on the initial server where you redeemed it (or in your Product Inventory, if you have not yet redeemed it).

We are currently working to get these item grants ready to go, and will update players when they are ready to claim — these will be claimable on any new server you choose, so in the meantime we encourage you to find a perfect server to call home.

Bronze Pack
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Silver Pack
150 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Gold Pack
500 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)

Platinum Pack
1,000 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Platinum Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Exclusive Mount (Untradeable)
Platinum Welcome Crate (Untradeable)

Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper*
Founder’s Exclusive Structure
Legendary Rapport Gift Selection Chest
Launch Limited Card Pack
*If the Founder’s Title or Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper are used on the same Roster where a pack has already been redeemed, you will not be able to use these items.

Please note that this is a one-time grant, and we do not have plans to continue to make additional grants of items available to players in the future. For example, there will be Starter Packs available for purchase at full launch tomorrow (more details to come), and we highly recommend only redeeming them once you settle into your permanent home server.

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