Nintendo Forecasts 18 Million Nintendo Switch Units Shipped by March

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Nintendo revealed earlier this month that the Switch had beaten its own record for the fastest-selling gaming console in the United States, shifting close to 5 million units.

As a result, Nintendo has had to raise their guidance for full year sales, operating profit and net profit. Software-wise, 17.43 million 3DS games were retailed during the last quarter, bringing the financial year's total to 31.25 million. This is a more than 177 per cent year-on-year rise. This was the highest ever it has earned for the October-December period since 2009. The Switch is now at 14.86 million units sold, as of 31st December, while the Wii U only managed 13.56 in its five years as Nintendo's home console. Following the strong sales, the company has raised its outlook for profit and Switch sales for a second straight quarter.

Death Road to Canada will release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in April 2018. Led by Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo Switch software sales have already surpassed more than half of the Wii U's lifetime game sales.

The system also gave Nintendo's download business a shot in the arm, with "brisk" digital sales on the Switch helping to bump up the company's total download revenue by 87 percent to 43.1 billion yen ($395.7 million).

Talking of its other products, Nintendo informed that contrary to the broad expectations 3DS hardware sales did not weaken after the launch of the Nintendo Switch.

We knew that the Nintendo Switch had the momentum of a runaway freight train, but who knew it could be this popular!

The company has sold 14.86 million Switch consoles since launch, after one of its best holiday seasons in years, during which 7.23 million units alone were sold. We'll see if Game Freak can get out the new Pokemon Switch game in 2018, or if we'll have to wait a little bit "later" to finally play Pokemon on a household console.

Stellar demand for Switch pushed Nintendo's operating profit up nearly four-fold to ¥116.50 billion (Dh3.92bn) for the third quarter.

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