Japan's Nintendo has reported a 428% jump in first-quarter profit, driven by ongoing demand for the Switch console and popular games, as the Covid-19 outbreak boosts the industry.

Operating profit for April-June was 144.7 billion yen.

Nintendo has proved a winner of the pandemic as gamers flock to titles like Animal Crossing, which sold 10.6 million units in the first quarter, bringing its total sales to 22.4 million.

The firm sold 5.7 million Switch consoles in the first quarter, breaking down as 3 million of the hybrid home/portable Switch units and 2.6 million units of the portable-only Switch Lite, which went on sale last September.

The Kyoto-based gaming firm maintained its sales forecast of 19 million Switch consoles in the current financial unit.

Chief Executive Shuntaro Furukawa has said previously the boost from the coronavirus is transitory.