Switch to Outpace Wii U Sales in Under a Year

It reported operating profit of 40bn yen (£270m) for the six months to the end of September, up from a loss of 6bn yen (£40m) the year before - as sales almost trebled to 374bn yen (£2.5bn). "We bet big on the Switch as a game changer so we began making games before the Switch's launch, but many software companies showed reluctance in releasing Switch games before they witnessed the current success", Koei Tecmo CEO Yoichi Erikawa told The Wall Street Journal. Revenue is now forecast at 960 billion yen, up from 750 billion yen. However, that total was up to 18.5 million just two months later due to the 2014 holiday period. Unsurprisingly, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [VIDEO]" topped the table, with 4.7 million copies sold. Nintendo Switch's popularity can be owed to the fact that it offers the convenience of playing at home, as well as, on the go.

Some have found it hard to buy a Switch because of supply shortages. "We want to make sure stores have our products in stock", Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said Monday. With the Switch, Nintendo dug itself out of the hole by not only winning back hardcore gamers, but also defending its core family demographic. Motion sensors in the controllers direct in-game movements. Players will also be able to enjoy Ripstone's own official tournaments as well as a curated selection of over 80 different chess puzzles.

The size and importance of the Switch sales number from Nintendo can be well understood in light of the Wii U performance. On the other hand, in just six months, Switch sales have already attained the figure of 7.63 million.

With the busiest season of the year rapidly approaching, Nintendo is upping its production in the hope of meeting the festive rush head on.

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