Hot Switch sales boost Nintendo sales, trim quarterly loss

In terms of other games Breath Of The Wild has also shipped 1.08 million copies on the Wii U, making for a grand total of 3.84 million. Nintendo sold 13.56 million Wii U consoles since its launch in November 2012, with just 760,000 sales in the a year ago.

It has become the fastest-selling games console in the Japanese firm's history, with 2.7 million units bought in March - the first month it was available. Although the biggest story was how well that Nintendo Switch sold after its release earlier this year, Pokemon Go and Pokemon Sun and Moon each made major contributions to a strong year of growth for the video game manufacturer.

Operating profit is expected to more than double, with sales rising 53.3 percent, driven largely by Switch and Nintendo 3DS games as it also continues to explore the smart phone game market, the company said.

Nintendo shared their latest earnings report for fiscal year ended March 31, with plenty to show for their recent performance. Nevertheless, this became the worst selling console of Nintendo. The sales volume for hardware and software during this period reached 2.74 million units and 5.46 million units respectively. It also represents Nintendo's comeback effort after the Wii U failed to generate the same kind of interest as the original Wii.

Amiibo shipped 9.1m figures and 9.3m cards during the year.

However, Toto of Kantan Games said that Nintendo was preparing a strong game lineup for Switch, and the company might even exceed the target.

Both revenue and operating profit were down for Nintendo's 2016 vs its fiscal 2015, by 3 percent and 11 percent respectively.

"Nintendo Switch got off to a flying start", he said. The immensely popular handheld has sold 7.27 million units this fiscal year, an increase of 7 percent.

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

All told, it's been a positive year for Nintendo and 2017-18 is looking even better. Furthermore, we expect the Switch tie ratio will be higher than in the Wii period. That's followed by Arms (a quirky boxing game) on June 16, and Splatoon 2 (a shooter, only with paint) on July 21.

Nintendo doesn't want to make this same mistake with the Switch, and their Publisher and Developer Relations department is working with indie developers to create an impressive portfolio of downloadable titles for the Switch... and possibly find the next big thing.


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