Nintendo Switch Sells 2.74 Million Units in Under a Month

Posted April 28, 2017

For Wii U, the system sold 760,000 units during the fiscal year, down 77 percent year-over-year.

The Switch:Wii U sales ratio is about 4:1 in favor of the new.

Perhaps more impressive is the attach rate of Nintendo Switch hardware to copies of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Just in case you missed that, that's actually more copies of the game than there are Switch consoles now.

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Nintendo 3DS hardware sold 7.27 million units worldwide, a 7 percent increase year-on-year that was driven by Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon which has now sold 15.44 million copies sold.

As a result of strong Switch sales and smart financial investments, Nintendo's total profits skyrockted by 521%, and the company earned 102.5 billion yen ($922.5 million) in profits during FY 2017 (April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017).

The Japanese firm entered the mobile gaming market previous year to the relief of shareholders fretting about diving console sales. Assuming it can, Nintendo forecasts a massive 121 percent jump in profit for its current fiscal year, taking aim at 65 billion yen (around $584 million in USA currency), up from 29 billion yen (around $264 million) for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2017. In fact, Nintendo reports the Switch managed to move 2.74 million units, a figure that surprised even Nintendo given Switch's off-holiday arrival. Near term, we think the stock will rise as sales trends for likely hit titles are factored in. The last time Nintendo's sales grew was in the year ended March 2009, when Wii demand drove profit to a record 555 billion yen.

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Nintendo, which has its North American headquarters in Redmond, Wash., reported operating profit of 29.4 billion yen ($263 million) for its fiscal year, and said it expects profits to more than double to 65 billion yen ($584 million) in the new fiscal year.

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

Amiibo sold 9.1 million figures and 9.3 million cards for the entire fiscal year. Sales were down slightly, and operating income slightly lower, but ordinary profit jumped 75% from the last fiscal year. That's followed by Arms (a quirky boxing game) on June 16, and Splatoon 2 (a shooter, only with paint) on July 21. Nintendo's projections for the next year don't mention Pokemon at all, which is to be expected given the lack of announcements about any sort of new game.

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