Nintendo Switch is a bona fide hit with 18 million sales
Nintendo’s gamble with the Switch console has paid off handsomely with the company shifting 18 million units of the hybrid gaming console since it shipped in March last year. The combined sales of Switch consoles and related gaming titles has helped the Japanese gaming giant record a healthy US$1.6 billion profit for its fiscal year just ended. By way of comparison, it recorded just US$270 million for the same period just 1 year ago.
Over the past three months alone, Nintendo managed to notch up 2.93 million sales of the Switch, which is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra X1 mobile chip. With console-quality titles from studios like Bethesda including Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the forthcoming Wolfenstein II, the Switch has made the dream of taking gaming titles like these mobile a reality. The company also reported that it has now sold over 10 million copies of Super Mario Odyssey since it launched while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2 all continue to sell millions of copies as well.
With the zany, but very well reviewed Nintendo Labo for Switch just hitting the market, the future for the Switch continues to look rosy. Coupled with this, with Mega Man Legacy Collection, Mario Aces, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Donkey Kong: Jungle Freeze all due in the next few months, the list of AAA titles for the Switch is looking very strong. Its SNES Classic Edition console reboot also flew off shelves with 5.28 million shifted, which makes it a nice time for new President Shuntaro Furukawa to be taking the reigns from Tatsumi Kimishima, who is stepping down to retire.