Nintendo Ups Outlook Again As Switch Sales Numbers Hit Nearly 15M Units

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The device's second year on the market will prove the test of whether it can surpass the Wii, Nintendo's best-selling console, which reached 24.83 million units in its second year. In less than a year. Nintendo's board of directors have upped their expectations from 14 to 15 million consoles sold in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. To beef-up the sales Nintendo will fuel more 17.74 Million Switch units by March 2018.

In a financial report released today, Nintendo revealed that it had sold more than 52 million Switch games as of December 31, 2017.

For the nine months through December, Nintendo's sales rose by almost 180% year on year to 857 billion yen, and net profit climbed 31% to 135.1 billion yen.

Elsewhere in Nintendo's financials, it seems the 3DS' momentum is starting to slow.

To put it into perspective, Super Mario Odyssey has sold more copies than any single Wii U game in its four year life span. Mario Kart 8 was only able to sell 8.4m units on the Wii U. At an earnings briefing, company president Tatsumi Kimishima said, "Switch sales during the holiday season were stronger than expected, the United States and Europe".




Profits also came in at an eight-year-high of ¥116.5bn (£1.3bn), marking a whopping year-over-year increase of 261 per cent.

And speaking of the Switch, the company recently announced a new range of Nintendo Labo Toys, which are cardboard creations aimed at kids. In fact, the console may even be able to eclipse the Wii's sales successes when all is said and done. In the first year we'll have game fans and Nintendo fans buy it.

Nintendo's newest game console has outsold its predecessor in just ten months.

Also adding to this total is a long list of successful first party games like Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, and the ongoing success of the Super NES Classic and various 3DS consoles and games.

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