Top 10 Best Selling Nintendo Switch games – Massive sales

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Earlier today, Nintendo announced its annual financial report as of March 31, with net sales of 1,695.344 billion yen (about $13 billion). This is a year-on-year decrease of 3.6%. The company’s operating profit hit 592.76 billion yen (about $4.5 billion), down 7.5% year-on-year. As for its net profit, the company has about 477.691 billion yen (about $3.7 billion), down 0.6% year on year. Nintendo’s earnings per share were 4,046.69 yen ($31.11), relative to 4,032.6 yen ($31) in the same period last year. Nintendo Switch sold 4.11 million consoles in the January-March period.

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This brings its total fiscal year shipments to 23.06 million, just in line with expectations of 23 million. Total shipments for the fiscal year, however, fell 20% year-over-year, which Nintendo said was due to a shortage of semiconductors and other components.

Since its release in March 2017, the total shipments of the Nintendo Switch have exceeded  107.65 million units, beating its own Wii console, but far from 154.02 million units of the NDS.

In terms of games, a total of 235.07 million copies were sold in the last fiscal year, a year-on-year increase of 1.8%. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe topped the list with 45.33 million copies sold. Pokémon: Arceus made a strong debut last quarter and has sold 12.64 million copies to date.

Top 10 Nintendo Switch games

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 45.33 million
  • Animal Crossing New Horizons: 38.64 million
  • Smash Bros. Ultimate: 28.17 million
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 26.55 million
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield: 24.27 million
  • Super Mario Odyssey: 23.5 million
  • Super Mario Party: 17.78 million
  • Pokémon Crystal Diamond/Bright Pearl: 14.65 million
  • Pokémon Let’s Go: 14.53 million
  • Ring Fit Adventure: 14.09 million

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a multiplayer racing game that officially hit the road in 2017. This game is currently selling for $59.99 on the Nintendo store. Below is a brief description of this game

“Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses. Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return. Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.!”

2. Animal Crossing New Horizons

This is a first-party Nintendo game that was officially released in 2021. On the Nintendo Switch store, this game currently sells for $24.99 and it weighs just 589MB. Below is a brief description of this game

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“Join Lottie’s Paradise Planning team and travel to a distant group of beautiful resort islands with a diverse set of landscapes. This time, you are in charge of inviting characters as clients and helping them live out their own dream vacations. Choose from a variety of islands, with different terrain and climates and find one that matches your client’s vision. Then start designing and start making their vacation dreams come true. Just wait until you see the look on your clients’ faces after you reveal the vacation home decorated just for them”.

3. Smash Bros. Ultimate

Released in 2021, Smash Bros. Ultimate is a super light 3MB game that supports TV mode, Handheld mode and tablet mode. This game currently costs $5.99 on the Nintendo store. Below is a brief description of this game

“Sora from the KINGDOM HEARTS series joins the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster! Wielding his Keyblade and an arsenal of spells, Sora is a veteran when it comes to battling enemies and is ready to bring his 3-hit combos and aerial style into the fray. The new Hollow Bastion stage, based on one of the most iconic locations in the series, gives you a grand tour of a whimsically sinister castle. As the battle nears its close, you’ll travel to a special area inspired by Dive to the Heart with visuals featuring some familiar faces from the KINGDOM HEARTS series”.

4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an adventure and action game which was released in 2017. As expected from an adventure and action game, it is pretty heavy weighing about 14.4GB. This game supports multiple languages including Japanese, British English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Latin American Spanish, Canadian French, and American English. On the Nintendo store, it currently sells for $59.99. Below is a brief description of this game

“Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Now on Nintendo Switch, your journey is freer and more open than ever. Take your system anywhere, and adventure as Link any way you like”.

5. Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon is a pretty popular game that requires no introduction. However, there are many iterations of this game that are doing so well on Nintendo Switch. The Pokémon Sword and Shield dual pack version was released in 2019 and this game currently sells for $119.99 on the Nintendo Store. This is an adventure and role-playing game that weighs just over 12GB to download. It is also available in multiple languages including Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and American English.

According to Wikipedia, this game involves a “young Pokémon trainer aiming to become the Pokémon Champion, this time in the new Galar region, which is based in the United Kingdom. The main objective of the games is to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion, Leon, in a tournament that various other Gym Leaders and rivals also take part in, whilst dealing with Team Yell and a nefarious conspiracy within the League. Sword and Shield introduce 81 new Pokémon alongside 13 regional forms of pre-existing Pokémon…”


For the games occupying the 6th to 10th positions, you can find their description and prices in the backlinks. It is important to note that all these games are available on the Nintendo store.

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