Thanks to the continued success of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo's operating profit skyrocketed in the first six months of its fiscal year ending March 21, 2021. With revenue and operating profit up 73 and 209 percent, respectively, over the same period of last year, Nintendo finished the first half of the year way ahead of expectations, illustrating both the positive momentum the company has built and the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on video game sales.
As our chart shows, Nintendo has now sold more than 68 million Switch systems, pushing the hybrid console past the Nintendo Entertainment System. The iconic 8-bit console, originally released in 1985, was sold 61.91 million times during its lifespan.
Having long surpassed the beloved Super Nintendo Entertainment System in lifetime sales, the Switch is now Nintendo's second most successful home console of all time, trailing only the Wii, which passed 100 million in sales over its life cycle.