Nintendo Switch Has Sold 55.7 Million Units Worldwide
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.
The Price of Some Skin Bundles in Diablo IV is $28
On May 30, 2023, the first reviews of Diablo IV appeared, with an average score of 88 out of 100 on Metacritic. Some journalists emphasized that the version of the game provided to them by Blizzard did not feature microtransactions and a battle pass. The company stated that these mehanics were not yet operational due to technical reasons but would be included in the release.
Blizzard provided journalists with screenshots and videos showcasing the in-game store. Some authors noted that the purchase tab was located in the main menu and found its placement quite intrusive. However, the store does not appear in the main character menu, which players access most frequently. Journalists considered this to be a positive aspect.
Based on the materials provided by Blizzard, all microtransactions in Diablo IV are purely cosmetic. This means that players will not be able to enhance their character’s power by spending real money. The price of some character skin bundles is $13 and $28. It remains unclear whether there will be more expensive cosmetic sets in the game.
Summing up the preliminary assessment of microtransactions, journalists concluded that in-game purchases in Diablo IV can be ignored, and players can comfortably enjoy the game without them. However, from time to time, they will still come across the integrated store, which is bound to be annoying.
Disney Dreamlight Valley: Everything Confirmed So Far for the June Update
Another day and Disney Dreamlight Valley keeps confirming exciting new features. Here, we bring you the latest news for the upcoming June update.
In particular, it seems that the next update has confirmed even more details. Here are all the new additions that have been shared so far:
- Reveal the Secret of El Olvido: Get ready to uncover the mystery of El Olvido. In this enchanting quest, a princess embarks on a thrilling adventure that leads her to the heart of the valley. Join her on this captivating journey as you explore hidden treasures and unlock the secrets of the forgotten land.
- A Princess Runs Towards the Valley: Experience the excitement as a courageous princess races through the Dreamlight Valley. Join her on a quest filled with challenges and rewards, and help her overcome obstacles in her path. This thrilling addition promises to bring even more magic and excitement to the game.
- New Starry Path: Get ready to stroll along a brand-new starry path in Dreamlight Valley. Take a leisurely walk under the twinkling night sky and enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the illuminated trail. This enchanting addition will surely captivate your senses and provide a serene experience within the game.
- Add Umbrellas: Protect yourself from the occasional rain showers with the addition of umbrellas. Whether it’s a light drizzle or a heavy downpour, you can now stay dry and continue your adventures in Dreamlight Valley without any worries.
Introducing New Objects
- Mannequin: Add a touch of fashion to your in-game house with the new mannequin object. Display your favorite outfits and create stylish setups that reflect your unique style.
- Artisan Bench: Spruce up your outdoor spaces with the artisan bench. This beautifully crafted piece of furniture will add elegance and charm to your garden or patio areas, providing a cozy spot to relax and enjoy the picturesque surroundings of Dreamlight Valley.
- Multiple Player Houses: One house is no longer enough! With the latest update, players will now have the ability to place multiple player houses throughout the entire valley. Create your dream neighborhood, design unique interiors, and invite your friends to explore your personalized virtual world within Dreamlight Valley.
Diablo IV Receives Strong Early Reviews with an 88/100 on Metacritic
On May 30, 2023, just one week before the release of Diablo IV, leading publications published their reviews of the highly anticipated game. The average score on Metacritic for this action RPG stood at an impressive 88/100 based on 27 reviews.
Diablo IV also fared exceptionally well on the OpenCritic aggregator, receiving an average score of 89/100 based on 43 reviews. Notably, 100% of the critics recommended Diablo IV for players to experience. It’s worth mentioning that some publications, like PC Gamer, have yet to provide a score as they continue to immerse themselves in the game.
Critics have hailed Diablo IV as one of the best ARPGs to date. According to reviewers, the developers not only offer players a rich campaign with a deep storyline but also provide a wealth of endgame content. A writer from GamesRadar highlighted that they had already spent over 100 hours in Diablo IV and felt they had barely scratched the surface of what the game has to offer.
While Diablo IV sticks to the series’ traditional formula without venturing into significant experimentation, several journalists still praised this approach. They believe it is not a flaw but rather an indication that the action RPG serves as a near-perfect continuation of Diablo II and Diablo III.
Nevertheless, Diablo IV introduces a significant number of innovations compared to its predecessors. Most notably, the game’s open world impressed many reviewers as it significantly alters the familiar gameplay cycle. The inclusion of world bosses within this expansive world also left a strong impression. Additionally, Diablo IV boasts more diverse endgame content right from its release, surpassing that of Diablo III.
Critics lauded Diablo IV for its dark and engaging narrative. The game’s cutscenes and memorable quests, including the side quests, received particular praise.
Performance-wise, critics encountered minimal issues in Diablo IV, with only a few minor hiccups observed during location loading when traversing the world. According to the reviews, the game runs smoothly with high frame rates on all platforms.
Selected Early Reviews:
- VGC: 5/5
- IGN: 9/10
- Dexerto: 5/5
- XboxEra: 9.5/10
- forbes: 9/10
- Nintendo smash: 9.5/10
- Push square: 9/10
- CGMagazine: 10/10
The Early reviews for Diablo IV have arrived, and the game has garnered significant praise from critics. With its captivating storyline, engaging gameplay, and plentiful endgame content, Diablo IV appears to live up to the high expectations of fans and newcomers alike. As the release date draws nearer, players can eagerly anticipate diving into the dark and immersive world of Diablo IV.