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

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Nintendo Switch sales have already surpassed the Wii U with 14.86 million

For the current fiscal year through March, Nintendo now expects Switch sales numbers to hit 15 million units, compared to the 14 million it set in October. The publication asked Kimishima whether the company thinks the Nintendo Switch, released in March 2017, can overtake the Wii. This milestone easily leapfrogs the Wii U, which sold just 13.56 million consoles before it was discontinued in January 2017. While hardware sales of the seven-year-old console grew to 5.86 million over the festive period, this marked a 9 per cent year-on-year. While that undoubtedly speaks to the apathetic response to the Wii U, it's also a sign that the Switch is exactly what Nintendo needed it to be.

The Switch is now on pace to catch the success of the Gamecube, which sold 21.74 million little purple lunchboxes, but still quite a distance from the revolutionary Wii, which sold a staggering 101.63 million. The Switch hasn't even been available for a year - it's only ten months old and has nearly 15 million in sales.

Japanese videogames maker Nintendo reported its biggest third-quarter operating profit in eight years, driven by demand for its new Switch games console, and said it expected annual earnings to outstrip its previous estimate. The company reconfirmed that a new Pokemon game would be released for Switch "in 2018 or later".

Nintendo's latest accessory for the Switch is a collection of foldable cardboard sheets that turn the console into a piano, robot or fishing rod.

In comparison, Sony PlayStation 4, which was launched in 2016, has shipped around 67.5 million units thus far. I think the cardboard is going to sell surprisingly well, even at almost $100.

The Switch's initial success owed in part to a stream of released from dependably popular franchises, such "Mario" and "The Legend of Zelda".

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