Nintendo Sales Are Down 3.6% to $13.1bn Due to Semiconductor Shortages

According to Nintendo's FY2021 financial report, its net sales decreased by 3.6% to $13.1 billion. The company attributes it to the ongoing shortage of semiconductor components. 

Nintendo has published its financial results for the fiscal year 2021, reporting a slight decrease in its overall sales. According to the report, the company's net sales for the year amounted to $13.1 billion, down 3.6% from FY2020. Operating income also decreased – from $4.91 billion in the previous year to $4.54 billion.

Nintendo Switch shipped 4.11 million consoles during the last quarter of the fiscal year 2021, and the entire fiscal year shipments amounted to 23.06 million – a year-on-year decline of 20%. The company originally planned to ship 25.5 million units for the year, but then lowered the forecast to 23 million. Nintendo noted that hardware sales were affected by shortages of semiconductor components and other parts.

Since the launch of Switch, its sales have reached 107.65 million units, and in the fiscal year 2022, the platform holder expects to increase total shipments to 128 million units – if the company succeeds, its console will outsell the PS4 (117 million units) and Game Boy (118 million).

Meanwhile, the company's software shipment saw a slight increase in FY2021 reaching 235.07 million units (up 1.8% compared to the previous year). The duology Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl was the company's best-selling game of the year which sold 14.65 million units. It was followed by Pokémon Legends: Arceus with 12.64 million units.

Mario Party Superstars sold 6.88 million units, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD sold 3.91 million units. Titles that were released in previous years also showed good performance, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling 9.94 million units and Animal Crossing: New Horizons selling 6.01 million units.

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