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Switch Sales Near 8M, Nintendo Aims For 14M in First Year

31 October 2017

By comparison, Wii U featured total sales of about 13.5M units.

Nintendo expects to have sold more than 16.7 million Switch systems by the end of March 2018, a 4 million unit increase over its last public projection in April and good news for those hoping to find the supply-constrained system for the holiday season. Not only is Nintendo almost doubling its operating profit forecast for the fiscal year (bringing it from 65 billion Yen to 120 billion Yen), but it also now expects to sell 14 million Switch units worldwide.

The signs are already promising.

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The strong performance of the Switch has also led to Nintendo raising their sales forecast for its latest console.

To date, Nintendo has sold 7.63 million Switch system worldwide, including 2.92 million between July and September. Amid outsized demand from makers of smartphones and electrified vehicles, the company is seeing "intermittent shortages of various parts", even transistors and other commodity-grade components, said a Nintendo procurement executive. Operating profit for the half ended September came in at 39.9 billion yen in first-half operating profit, a turnaround from the 5.9 billion yen operating loss a year earlier, the company reported Monday. Its game library and lack of third-party support didn't help, but many people pointed to the lack of need for a chunky, child-like tablet in a market where so many affordable tablet alternatives existed.

Nintendo, which makes Super Mario and Pokemon games, said its Switch Splatoon 2 game was selling well both in Japan and overseas. Nintendo Switch's popularity can be owed to the fact that it offers the convenience of playing at home, as well as, on the go.

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"We've boosted Switch production in order to meet strong demand from our customers as it was hard for customers to buy the consoles at retail stores", said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima (via Engadget). Either way, two things are certain: GameCube controller support is here to stay, and players are clamoring for Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo Switch. The new Animal Crossing mobile title is due out next month.

As The Verge reports, Nintendo is now revising its yearly sales forecast.

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Switch Sales Near 8M, Nintendo Aims For 14M in First Year