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

Nintendo confirms that sales numbers are better than analysts projections.

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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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From The Chatty

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      April 27, 2017 8:40 AM

      They deserve it, Switch is a good idea. Now hopefully they'll kill of the 3DS and make it the go-to Nintendo platform.

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        April 27, 2017 8:58 AM

        3DS is going to keep living so long as it keeps selling, but I would expect development for it to start dying down considerably (from Nintendo) next year.

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        April 27, 2017 9:07 AM

        They're forecasting another 600k 3DS sales, but the real things is the ~65m units out there and software sales are still strong. It's not going away for a bit, typical console ramp down (people keep buying games on the old system for a few years) I would guess.

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      April 27, 2017 8:53 AM

      Interesting that they're expecting considerably more manufactured than sold at that point if they really did double production numbers.

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      April 27, 2017 9:04 AM

      When's more games coming out for it?

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        April 27, 2017 9:08 AM

        MK8:Deluxe hits tomorrow, if you want new new AAA then you're waiting for ARMS, if you want new new AAA nintendo game from an existing series you've got Splatoon 2 in July I believe, if you want new new AAA Nintendo game from a more established franchise you're waiting till Super Mario Odyssy, likely in November. If you want a new Metroid game the answer is ?OHGODWHYDOESTHISNOTEXISTYETWHYWHYWHY!!?!?!??!?

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        April 27, 2017 9:09 AM

        Mario Kart 8 Deluxe out tomorrow!

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        April 27, 2017 11:06 AM

        Also for the love of God release the virtual console. I need a metroid fix!!!