Zelda on Switch actually outsold the hardware itself in March

Zelda on Switch actually outsold the hardware itself in March

The Switch's most popular game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, has also been very popular and has sold over 3.84 million units across the globe.

Nintendo expects to sell 10 million units of Switch hardware in the next year, alongside 35 million software sales.

Nintendo also revealed that its more affordable 3DS console is continuing to sell well, with 7.27 million units sold over the past fiscal year, an increase of 7% year-on-year.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild became a tentpole release for Nintendo's newest console, the Switch, offering players the chance to explore and interact with its world like never before. Nintendo will need more third party games to keep the drum beat of sales going.

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.

A good portion of that move can be attributed to Nintendo's newest console, the red-hot Switch.

By the end of April 2018, Nintendo anticipates having sold a total of 12.74m Switch consoles, the company announced as part of its latest earnings report. The Switch console has generated buzz as well, but software and games can make it or break it.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley only expected guidance of 8.7 million Switch units for the first fiscal year.

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At the same time, the 3DS is also motoring along nicely. I'd guess the game hasn't sold as well as Nintendo had hoped, presumably because it hasn't figured out how to sell past a demographic that doesn't seem to entirely understand it (traditional gamers) to the broader coveted "blue ocean" demographic not inclined at this point to impulse-buy it.

It's official: the Nintendo Switch is a success.

One such bet is with the company's mobile games, Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem.

As a result of all that Nintendo ended up with an ordinary profit figure for the year of £200.4 million, on net sales of £3.5 billion.

Mr. Kimishima said Nintendo would be spending more this year on promotion to sell the Switch, putting a drag on operating profit.

This all compares to the Wii U, which saw massive declines across the board. 3DS software sales reached 55.08 million, a 14% increase on a year-on-year basis. Profits were helped by a weaker Yen.

Specialists are wondering whether the profits of Nintendo Switch will surpass those of the Wii console.

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