“Sales for the entire Nintendo Switch family rose 166.6 percent year-on-year to 5.68 million units,” the firm said, referring to both the original Switch and the stripped-back Switch Lite.
Earlier, Bloomberg News reported that the firm is raising its target for Switch production to around 25 million units this fiscal year from 22 million set in April, to meet robust demand.
The results far exceed the expectations of analysts and come on the back of runaway success by the Switch and Nintendo’s hit “Animal Crossing” game.
The leisurely game has struck a chord with players around the world, many of them enjoying a virtual release from the restrictions on movement and social activity imposed to contain coronavirus.
Nintendo is one of a “handful” of major companies seeing significant business opportunities from the coronavirus outbreak, analysts said.
Shares of the Kyoto-based company have surged more than 35 percent since early March and closed up 0.18 percent on Thursday before its earnings announcement.