Nintendo has had an impressive start across the board in the current financial year, but its digital business stands out as one of the areas that has seen the largest increase year-on-year.
The company has reported that "the growth in sales of downloadable versions of packaged software for Nintendo Switch, as well as the steady sales of download-only software, add-on content, and Nintendo Switch Online, helped to bring overall digital sales to 171.5 billion yen" for the period between April and September 2020.
Compared to that same period last year, 171.5 billion yen represents a mighty 139.4% rise year-on-year. Of course, digital sales have been steadily rising for some time now, but this year's large jump – likely boosted thanks to the effects of the global pandemic – is particularly noteworthy.
Other areas of Nintendo's business have also grown this year, but not quite to the same extent. Hardware sales have increased by 80.9%, for example, with software sales jumping by 71.4%. Nintendo's mobile business, which has so far earned 26.7 billion yen this financial year, is enjoying a more modest 33.9% increase year-on-year.
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