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Animal Crossing, Pokémon provide Nintendo Switch sales boom

Booming Switch sales – buffed by big launches for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Pokémon Sword and Shield – have provided a stonking set of new financial figures for Nintendo.

But there’s a cautious feeling for the second half of this year – as game development schedules “may be impacted” due to remote working, Nintendo told investors, while a weaker software release slate will make for tougher year-on-year comparisons without a new Pokémon or Animal Crossing this Christmas.

Nintendo shifted a further 21m Switch consoles worldwide, up 24 per cent year on year, boosting the Switch’s lifetime hardware sales total to 55.77m.

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