In fact, per CNBC, Nintendo's operating profits jumped 428 percent in the fiscal first quarter. All told, the longtime provider of classic gaming experiences reported an operating profit of $1.4 billion during the quarter spanning from April to June, a figure which notably surpasses what had been projected by many analysts. Furthermore, that haul—when compared to the same quarter from a year ago—shows just how intense this boom has been.
Elsewhere, Nintendo saw net sales of 358.1 billion yen (roughly 3.4 billion USD) during the April-June measuring period, marking a 108 percent jump when compared to the same quarter last year. Specific items helping drive these impressive gains include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which has now moved an estimated 22.4 million copies, as well as the Switch and Switch Lite devices. The consoles saw a leap of an estimated 167 percent in sales during the quarter in question.
Notably, 2020 also marks the 35th anniversary of Nintendo's still-in-progress Super Mario franchise. In addition to planned anniversary-celebrating events, fans were treated with official word and a trailer rollout regarding the Switch entry Paper Mario: The Origami King, which arrived back in July.
For the more nostalgia-driven variety of fan, look no further than this month's launch of LEGO’s 2600-piece replica NES set. While some collectors balked at the cost, the anniversary-honoring collab stands among the many high marks the Nintendo team has bagged this year among unusual circumstances.