The Digital video game sales on Nintendo Switch have increased notably in the year of the coronavirus pandemic. More than four out of ten games for the hybrid console sold between the April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 have been purchased in the Nintendo eShop, or more precisely, 42.8% of the total, according to the financial report of the Japanese company and the media Nintendo Life.
The Nintendo Switch digital store has generated $ 3.15 billion in revenue, a 68.5% increase with respect to the period from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. Regarding the proportion of games available in physical sold in digital format, the aforementioned 42.8%, represents a 34% increase compared to the previous year fiscal.
The pandemic is reflected in the digital sales of games available in physical
The influence of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions applied in Spain and the rest of the world to appease the virus are represented in the trend of digital sales of Nintendo Switch. Between January and March 2020, 60.9% of the income generated by the eShop corresponds to video games also available in physical format. Between April and June of last year, the same percentage rose to 68.3%.
The relaxation of measures in different countries and the opening of physical stores has been decreasing that percentage in recent months: between July and September to 40.7% and between October and December to 41%. The trend changes again in the first quarter of this 2021, where 53.6% of income corresponds to complete games available in physical form and the 34.4% to games that are only available in digital format, additional content and subscription de Nintendo Switch Online.