Nintendo says almost 6 million households bought a second Switch last year

Nintendo Switch sales are still going strong, in part thanks to people buy multiple Switch consoles the company expects that demand will increase. In an investor Q&A, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said that approximately 20 percent of the Nintendo Switch systems sold during the fiscal year ending March 31st, 2021 were to households that already owned a Switch and wanted to add a second one to their collection. To put that in perspective, Nintendo sold 28.8 million Switch units last year, which means roughly 5.7 million of those went to households that already owned a Nintendo Switch.

There are a few possible reasons for that. The pandemic, of course, led to more people playing video games last year, so families might have been playing the likes of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit together on separate consoles. Some people have bought a Switch Lite to use solely as an on-the-go machine while their standard Switch stays docked. And maybe, just maybe, some people bought a second Switch as an expensive way to resolve Joy-Con drift issues.

“Going forward, we expect demand for multiple systems per household will increase even as hardware unit sales grow,” Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said on the call. “By region, significant sales growth is continuing in Asia, and we believe there is still room for sufficient growth of new demand in Europe and the United States, considering the sizes of those populations.”

Nintendo expects the demand for multiple systems per household to increase, and that is bound to happen with its Switch Pro rumoured to launch late this year or early next year.

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