Nintendo expects its Switch console to be a massive hit

by Leslie Wood April 28, 2017, 1:09

The company said it has sold 2.76 million copies of the new "Legend of Zelda" game for the Switch, leading to the unusual situation that a single piece of software outsold the console.

The company has sold 13.56 million Wii Us in total, in its four-and-a-half-year lifespan.

Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd said on Thursday it expects operating profit to jump 121 percent in the year through March 2018, bolstered by strong demand for its new Switch console.

Things aren't looking quite so rosy for the Wii U, which sold just 760,000 units during 2016, down 77 per cent year-on-year, and, er, zero units in the past three months. These numbers suggest that Breath of the Wild and the Switch sold nearly 1:1, which would make it the most successful launch game ever outside of bundled titles such as Wii Sports.

This is the first official figure that Nintendo released for Switch sales, and the console units sold also fueled good game sales.

The strong start for the Switch after its launch last month has given the company optimism.

Over the next financial year, Nintendo expects to hit 10m Switch hardware sales, and 35m software sales. Earlier this month market research firm NPD group announced that the Japanese game maker had sold 906,000 units of the device. And the firm has a chance to overcome Xbox One for this console generation as well: Microsoft's console has struggled compared to the PlayStation 4, and has sold an estimated 20-25 million units since late 2013.

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Nintendo detailed the numbers in its 2016 sales report, published this morning, which also painted a positive picture of 3DS.

The Nintendo Switch had a great start, with the console becoming Nintendo's fastest selling home console.

As a result of all that Nintendo ended up with an ordinary profit figure for the year of £200.4 million, on net sales of £3.5 billion. Profits were helped by a weaker Yen.

It's been a good year for 3DS, however, as sales of hardware grew 7% year-on-year, shifting 7.27 million units, while software sales hit 55.08 million units (a 14% rise on last year). We will release Splatoon 2 in July.

In other Switch news, the Minecraft version of the Switch will feature "medium sized worlds", will run at 60fps and will feature world transfers.

"Furthermore, this year is Kirby's 25th anniversary, so we are planning to release downloadable titles and a new multiplayer action game for Nintendo 3DS".

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