Nintendo raises outlook as Switch demonstrates it's here to stay

Herbert Rhodes
February 1, 2018

But the company announced in mid-December that it had sold more than 10 million Switch units since the March 2017 launch. In less than a year. Of course, this is assuming that the Wii U hasn't sold 1.31 million units between then and now, and we think that's a pretty solid assumption.

Revealed in Nintendo's financial reports for Q3 of FY2017, the Nintendo Switch sold 12.3 million consoles between April 2017 and December 2017.

It's official. In just under 11 months, Nintendo Switch has beaten the sales of the Wii U's entire lifecycle.

Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8 reached 7.33 million units in sales.

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They also mentioned their disappointing (from a sales-point) Wii U console that shipped around 13.56 million units throughout its four-year life-span; making it officially Nintendo's worst-selling console to date. With the Nintendo Switch seeing such high sales, it's no surprise that its games are seeing incredible sales as well. What kind of games do you think we'll see before the year is over? This was on sales of 857 bn yen ($7.8bn) and was buoyed by an operating profit of 156.452 bn yen ($1.44bn). The success of Nintendo 3DS, not to mention the spoils of the Wii's success, kept the company afloat as it eased off development for Wii U in favour of its new console. Nintendo's latest hardware was hard to find on shelves past year, and was the best-selling console for a majority of the months after launch. The company expects sales to hit the 20 million mark later this year. In terms of distribution, 3.72 million consoles have been sold in Japan, 5.94 million in the Americas and 5.2 million in "other", which includes Europe.

The Nintendo Switch was unveiled in late 2016, and it launched in March of 2017.

People familiar with the development plans said new peripheral hardware devices for the Switch are planned, without elaborating. While Kirby and Yoshi are getting new games this year, those titles are unlikely to garner the kind of sales that Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have.

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