Nintendo Sells 15 Million Switch Consoles in First Year

Стоимость Nintendo Switch может повыситься из-за взлома хакеров

With hardware units at 17.79 million (already more than the Wii U's lifetime sales by a few million, and closing in on the GameCube's 21.74 million), there's still no stopping the Nintendo Switch. The figure is up 2.93 million units compared to 14.86 million reported for the third quarter in January. The combined sales of Switch consoles and related gaming titles has helped the Japanese gaming giant record a healthy US$1.6 billion profit for its fiscal year just ended. The firm had estimated 2 million units would be sold. All up, 63.51 million software units were sold during the fiscal year. It still a long way to go if it wants to overtake the original Wii though which sold an wonderful 100 million units over its lifespan.

Nintendo must be very pleased with the performance of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Broken down it sold 7.0 million in Japan and 5.01 million units overseas.

Nintendo only expected to sell 10 million Switches, not a bad target, but it kept increasing its forecast as the sales of the console went up and up.




The company had announced on December 12 that it had sold more than 10 million Switch consoles worldwide. The original game released for Wii U, was the console's best selling game with 8.44 million copies sold. These results buoyed sales of the Switch, with sales topping 15.05 million consoles for the period, beating its revised projection by just over one million.

The company said its net profit for the year to March reached 139.6 billion yen ($1.27 billion), beating its own expectations despite repeatedly raised annual targets. That said, reports indicate the game's release date is likely at some point in 2018. Nintendo generated 178 billion yen ($1.62 billion) in operating profit for the year.

Income from Nintendo's mobile business was up 62% yoy to ¥39.3 billion ($360 million). The current 68-year old president Tatsumi Kimishima is being replaced by 46-year-old Shuntaro Furukawa who had been Nintendo's managing executive officer in charge of global marketing and corporate planning. He will maintain an advisory role within the company.

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