Nintendo Switch Worldwide Sales Surpass Wii U

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As a result, Nintendo has had to raise their guidance for full year sales, operating profit and net profit. However, it's important to remember that not all of that revenue comes from the Nintendo Switch. The Switch hasn't even been available for a year - it's only ten months old and has nearly 15 million in sales.

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.

Nintendo reported earnings for its fiscal third quarter of 2017 on Wednesday that beat market expectations, with the gaming giant also upping the sales forecast for its flagship Switch console. While Wii U sales figures for the past two months aren't available, it's unlikely the moribund console has made up the difference.

In comparison, Sony PlayStation 4, which was launched in 2016, has shipped around 67.5 million units thus far. While Microsoft hasn't released official Xbox One sales numbers in months, speculation indicates that its sales fall somewhere in the 34 million range.

"We believe Death Road To Canada is perfectly suited to be played in both the home and on the go", Rocketcat Games co-founder Kepa Auwae. It would put it up there with the highest attach rate of all time. They need to sell 2.87 million units during the current quarter to meet that forecast.




People familiar with the development plans said new peripheral hardware devices for the Switch are planned, without elaborating.

In addition to Switch, a Nintendo Switch accessory is pushing the stock up.

"This is exactly the kind of insane idea that Nintendo is known for which we believe will help expand the company's audience", analysts at Macquarie wrote in a recent research note. Early Nintendo Directs have promised ports of Dark Souls (HOORAY!) and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, plus a plethora of other titles - some ports, some not. In fact, sales for the 3DS grew in the USA during the holiday season.

In the same report, Nintendo admitted it did not expect the Switch to be selling this well, but now predicts sales of the console to reach 20 million at some point this year. However, the overall software sales dropped by 33% on a year-on-year basis.

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