Still, Nintendo has plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon: Let’s Go sold 12.08 million and 10 million units respectively. The well-received Super Mario Party, which was released on October 5th, sold a respectable 5.3 million units, too. These numbers helped the company report revenue of 608 billion yen (roughly $5.6 billion) in the holiday quarter, up from 483 billion yen (roughly $4.4 billion) a year ago. Operating profit, meanwhile, hit 159 billion yen (roughly $1.5 billion), compared to 117 billion yen (roughly $1.1 billion) in 2017.

Switch sales are strong, however Nintendo could struggle to maintain that momentum in 2019. The company has few big exclusives scheduled this year beyond the recently-released New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Yoshi’s Crafted World (March 29th) and Fire Emblem: Three Houses (spring 2019). A brand-new Animal Crossing game and Pokemon RPG are supposed to come out before Christmas, but we wouldn’t be surprised if both were delayed. Once again, the company will be relying on stellar indie games such as Wargroove and Downwell to plug the frequent gaps in its release schedule.



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