Nintendo Switch sales beat expectations, Zelda sales now 3.84 million

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The Wii U sold only 760,000 units over the last fiscal year, a 77% decrease from the year before. The flagship Switch game, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild", actually did better than the console itself, with 2.76 million units sold, according to the company. It is still quite hard to buy the Switch far and wide, and comparative supply requirements implied that the globally popular Wii just sold around the same number of its fizzled successor, the Wii U that was closed officially, in the month of its release.

Perhaps tellingly, Nintendo also pointed out launch game 1-2 Switch, saying that it was "generating buzz", but did not reveal sales figures.

On the portable front, 3DS game sales were strong, Nintendo said, specifically calling out Pokemon Sun and Moon, which have now combined to sell 15.44 million units.

The Japanese firm entered the mobile gaming market a year ago to the relief of shareholders fretting about diving console sales.

The company anticipates selling another 10 million Switch machines in the fiscal year that ends in March 2018. Nevertheless, this became the worst selling console of Nintendo.

The Nintendo Switch, the company's latest console, has been flying off the shelf. In the next financial year, however, Nintendo expects zero Wii U hardware sales - after all, it's now ceased production.


3DS sales are also on the rise. Amiibo sales also remained at 9.1m units for the figurines, while Nintendo's card-based amiibo hit 9.3m. What's more, Nintendo has issued an even more impressive forecast for Switch sales in fiscal 2017.

Nintendo says the success of its new Switch console will help it to double annual profits. This title elicited a fantastic response from consumers worldwide.

If the company's guidance on profits comes to fruition, it would represent a 121% increase from the previous year and a seven-year high, when Nintendo was in the middle of the successful run of the original Wii and the Nintendo 3DS.

Net sales for the fiscal year 489.085b yen (US$4.391bn), operating income 29.362b yen (~$263m), ordinary profit 50.364bn yen (~$452m).

All told, it's been a positive year for Nintendo and 2017-18 is looking even better. We kind of saw this with the recent Nintendo Direct, where multiple 3DS titles got announced or had their release dates firmly set on the calendar.

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