Despite these issues, the Nintendo Switch continues to outsell the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. In the same fiscal year, the PlayStation 5 sold 11.5 million units, bringing total sales to 19.3 million. (Notably, Sony expects PS5 sales to increase to 18 million in the next fiscal year, contrary to Nintendo's expectations.) Exact sales figures haven't been released for the Xbox Series X|S, but NPD analyst Mat Piscatella reports that, while Xbox won the last two quarters in hardware revenue, Nintendo still sold more units in that same period.
Luckily, Nintendo's software sales continue to be strong, up 1.8% from last year. There were several high-performing games this year, including Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which hit 14.65 million units, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which sold 12.64 million units with two fewer months on the market, showing that Game Freak's deviation from the series formula has paid off. (For reference, less traditional Pokémon spin-off, New Pokémon Snap, sold 2.4 million units.)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, during its fourth year of release, sold another 9.94 million units, though these numbers were almost certainly boosted by new DLC tracks. Metroid Dread has also emerged as the best selling game in the series, shipping 2.9 million units since its launch in October, edging out previous series best Metroid Prime at 2.8 million.
Speaking of Metroid, in a section laying out Nintendo's biggest upcoming releases, the long-delayed Metroid Prime 4 is still only given a release date of TBA. Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp, which appears to be finished but was delayed at the start of the Russia-Ukraine war due to "recent world events," is also still listed as TBA. With the sequel to Breath of the Wild delayed to Spring 2023, the following games are expected to carry Nintendo through the end of 2022: Mario Strikers Battle League (June 10), Fire Emblem: Three Hopes (June 24), Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (June 30), Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (July 29), Splatoon 3 (September 9), Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (late 2022), and Bayonetta 3 (2022).
Bayonetta 3 is a notable inclusion on the list, as it has also had a worryingly-long and quiet development, having been announced in December 2017 and since then only getting a brief mention in a February 2019 Nintendo Direct and its first gameplay trailer last September.