Nintendo Expects Sales Of ‘Evergreen’ Games To Decline, Putting A Focus On New Titles


Time for new hits to take the lead.

In its Q3 financial results at the start of February Nintendo confirmed that it was increasing its forecast for software sales over the year from 200 million to 220 million units. While the runaway early success of Pokémon Legends: Arceus is certainly a factor in that, ‘evergreen’ older titles are still contributing many millions of sales each year, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being the prime example (to the point it now has a new two year DLC roll-out on the way).

Asked about the trend in an investor Q & A, however, company President Shuntaro Furukawa highlighted the impressive ongoing sales of ‘evergreen’ games but made it clear that this likely won’t be sustainable in the coming years for the Switch. This’ll be a natural evolution as the system’s generation enters its latter years; with less ‘new’ owners picking up the system there’ll be an equivalent drop in those picking up the highly rated and essential older titles.

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