As you all know, a large part of the world is dealing with the coronavirus at the moment, for this reason and to prevent its spread, both governments and health authorities of the countries are making a series of recommendations and obligations to reduce it as far as possible. Evidently, this has affected a multitude of sectors, including the video games sector. In fact, the “new normal” has transformed the market and also the way we buy and play.
This is clearly reflected in Nintendo’s annual financial report shared today, where one of the consequences is the significant increase in digital sales.
Here are the highlights shared:
- Digital sales grew 68.5% year-on-year to ¥344.1 billion this fiscal year, with digital sales accounting for 42.8% of the video game platform’s total software sales.
- Downloadable versions of software, consisting mainly of Nintendo Switch titles accounted for 59.3% of total digital sales and contributed greatly to growth in this area.
Sales of add-on/downloadable content, such as Pokémon Sword
- Expansion Pass, Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass and Fighter Pass Vol.2 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, also increased.
- In addition to growth in sales of indie titles and other downloadable software without corresponding physical versions, Nintendo Switch Online sales were also stable.