Nintendo of Japan said Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit rose 200 percent due to increased demand for its Switch games console, and the title Animal Crossing: New Horizons transferred a record 13.4 million units in its first six weeks.

Kyoto-based gaming company deployment of Operating profit of JPY 89.4 billion (about Rs 6,380 crore) for January-March is shown based on Reuters’ calculated annual data, breaking analyst estimates.

Nintendo Beyond a fanatical basis has defined skepticism over its ability to draw in consumers Switch’s With great success in the fourth year Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Which became the console’s fastest-selling title since its launch on March 20.

Title appeal among consumers looking for escapism Coronavirus-Worldwide economies underline Nintendo’s game-maker credentials at a time when investors have been frustrated by the company’s conservative management, including many regards as a half-baked forest. Mobile gaming.

In the year ending in March, Nintendo sold 21 million Switch consoles, well above its forecast of 19.5 million.

It breaks down to 14.8 million units of the hybrid home-portable device and 6.2 million units of the handheld-only switch light, which went on sale in September.

The popularity of the device and the impact on supply chains of coronovirus outbreaks have led to a lack of switches worldwide, preventing the company from taking full advantage of pent-up demand.

Nintendo said it expects to sell 19 million Switch console units in the current fiscal year. Its forecasts are widely viewed as conservative.

The company said production and shipping are “slowly recovering” after epidemic-induced delays, but pointed to the risk of further disruption, including the development of the game.

Nintendo has provided some details of upcoming titles, thereby reducing the disruption caused by the virus by braking sales at studios around the world. Rival Sony Has already announced a delay in high-profile releases.

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