Well before the release of the fully portable Switch Lite in 2019, Nintendo often referred to the fabled Second Household Switch as the most promising growth opportunity in the West. Now, looking back on the fiscal performance of its 2020-21 fiscal year, Nintendo has shed some light on how that worked out for them.
In an investor Q&A, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said, 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.
Last year, when lockdown restrictions went into place, Nintendo launched Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which Furukawa claimed was a major part of what propelled Switch sales.
“Going forward, we expect demand for multiple systems per household will increase even as hardware unit sales grow,” Furukawa said in the investor Q&A. “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.