Nintendo blows away earnings estimates on Switch, Animal Crossing sales

Earnings season ‘all about balance sheets’: UBS senior portfolio manager

UBS Senior Portfolio Manager Jason Katz says business leaders want to see the economy turned back on in a slow and thoughtful way.

Nintendo (OTC:NTDOY) annihilated analyst earnings forecasts after posting fiscal first-quarter profits today that went stratospheric on the popularity of the Switch hybrid gaming console and the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game, which is only available on the Switch platform.

Continue Reading Below

The video game giant reported profits surged 428% in the quarter, hitting 144.7 billion yen, or about $1.37 billion, more than double the 71 billion yen analysts had expected.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
NTDOYNINTENDO CO LTD61+2.26+3.85%

Game on!

The coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay at home and many, with nothing but time on their hands, took to playing video games. While most gaming platforms saw gains, there was nothing like the demand for the Switch, which quickly sold out early on in the crisis, leading Nintendo to apologize for the shortages and promise to get more on the market, but not before consumers jumped all over the Switch Lite, which also became scarce.

DATA QUIRK INFLATES CORONAVIRUS JOBLESS FIGURES BY 3.7M

The primary difference between the two consoles is the full-strength version is able to be hooked up to a television. Nintendo reported it sold over 3 million Switch units and 2.6 million Switch Lite units, an increase of 167% for the Switch family.

Demand for both devices was driven by outsized popularity of the Animal Crossing game, which sold 10.6 million copies in the quarter, bringing the total units sold to 22.4 million. It made sales of other titles that would normally be considered big successes, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which sold nearly 2 million units in the quarter, pale in comparison.

SILICON VALLEY STOCKS PLOT MARKET'S PATH TO 2020 ELECTION

Nintendo said of all the Switch units that were played for the first time in the quarter, more than half played Animal Crossing on the first day.

The one drawback is the blowout quarter sets a very high hurdle to get over next year.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS

Source: Read Full Article