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February 21 2018, 05:39 | Alexander Lowe
Consoles power up Nintendo like nothing else
Business was so brisk during the Christmas period that Nintendo actually doubled its total Switch numbers during the three-month period, the Verge reported. "With the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers and the promise of couch play on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, we're proud to share the console experience of Death Road to Canada with players across the world". On a table listing upcoming releases for primary Nintendo products, the untitled Pokemon Switch title is still scheduled for a "2018 or later" release.
The Nintendo Switch has been boosted by a strong portfolio of games including Super Mario Odyssey - its best-selling game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda, and Splatoon 2. Marquee title Super Mario Odyssey sold through over 9 million units, and has become the system's biggest seller. The constructible, DIY toy-sets are made out of cardboard and interact with the Switch console via software, essentially bringing the creations to life and allowing them to function as more than just models.
That overtakes the Wii U's lifetime hardware sales total of 13.56 million between its November 17, 2012 launch and when it was discontinued on January 31, 2017. Nintendo has increased its sales forecast by 1 million. In fact, the console may even be able to eclipse the Wii's sales successes when all is said and done. If we look at the data provided by Nintendo, first-party sales are impressive.
Revealed in Nintendo's financial reports for Q3 of FY2017, the Nintendo Switch sold 12.3 million consoles between April 2017 and December 2017. Also worthy of mention is the success of 3DS, that has reached 71.99 million units distributed since 2011 to date.
Nintendo released a revised Switch Sales forecast, saying it now expects to sell 15 million units by March.
Nintendo posted an operating profit of $1.07 billion for the third quarter, up nearly four-fold from a year ago.