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Switch Has 'Promising' Start; Nintendo Expects 10 Million More Sold By March 2018

We knew the Switch had a good launch, rivaling the Wii's benchmark for Nintendo hardware successes. But the company has officially confirmed to investors that the Switch had even better numbers than expected in its first month.

The console-handheld hybrid sold more than 2.74 million units in March, better than the 2.4 projected by analysts and crushing the 2 million goal by Nintendo itself before the Switch launched. In its usual understated way, the company said in its 2016 annual fiscal report that the launch "promising" and said it expects to sell more than 10 million in fiscal year 2017, ending next March, for a total of almost 13 million.

By comparison, the Wii has sold 13.56 million units since its 2012 launch, so Nintendo's predictions for next fiscal year seem to indicate the company feels bullish on Switch's chances to surpass the previous sales numbers of the Wii.

The launch was supported strongly by sales of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with 2.76 million units sold just for Switch. Adding in the Wii U version, the game sold more than 3.84 million copies.

Overall, software sales for the Switch hit more than 5.46 million units. The comsole will continue to be supported with strong first-party titles such as the recently released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Arms, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey coming later this year.

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