The success of New Horizons helped paper over an otherwise dry release schedule. Beyond Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition and some Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, there was little first-party content for Switch owners to pick up. Thank goodness there was a wealth of third-party releases, such as Trials of Mana, The Wonderful 101: Remastered, XCOM Collection 2 and The Outer Worlds.
According to Nintendo, its mobile efforts experienced “steady growth,” too. Despite lackluster reviews, Mario Kart Tour is experiencing “record use” and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is benefitted from the popularity of New Horizons. Together, smartphone and “IP-related income” came in at 13.2 billion yen (roughly $124.9 million) last quarter, up 32.7 percent year-over-year. Overall, the company recorded sales of 358.1 billion yen (roughly $3.39 billion), which was more than double what it managed for the same period last year. Operating profit, meanwhile, skyrocketed to 144.7 billion yen (roughly $1.37 billion), up 427.7 percent year-over-year.
Nintendo’s next quarter should be ever-so-slightly livelier than the last. Nintendo released Paper Mario: The Origami King on July 17th, which has been generally praised for its art style and humor. The company has also collaborated with Lego on an impressively-creative Mario-themed line, and a gloriously-detailed NES replica, which it presumably gets some kind of royalty kickbacks from. Switch fans will be wondering what Nintendo has planned for the rest of the year, though. An updated version of Pikmin 3 is coming, but what else? The much-rumored Mario remasters haven’t materialized, and we still don’t have a firm release date for Bravely Default II and No More Heroes 3, both of which are supposed to come out in 2020.