Super Mario Odyssey has sold over nine million copies to date

Super Mario Odyssey has sold over nine million copies to date

Super Mario Odyssey has sold over nine million copies to date

Business was so brisk during the Christmas period that Nintendo actually doubled its total Switch numbers during the three-month period, the Verge reported. The Nintendo Switch - a relatively low-powered portable/console hybrid system coming at the same time the PS4 and Xbox One were moving toward more processing power and 4K support- seemed to have a distinct possibility of flopping. Nintendo added another 1 million units to its sales forecast for the fiscal year, bringing the total to 15 million units. At an earnings briefing, company president Tatsumi Kimishima said, "Switch sales during the holiday season were stronger than expected, the United States and Europe". The company expects sales to hit the 20 million mark later this year.

While applauding Switch's successes, analysts said Nintendo should also delve further into smartphone operations to broaden its customer base.

In a financial report released today, Nintendo revealed that it had sold more than 52 million Switch games as of December 31, 2017.

KitGuru Says: In fact, it's hard to believe that the console has experienced such enormous success in comparison to its predecessor even without these core features we've come to expect from a modern day console.

The Kyoto-based video game giant said it now expects annual net profit of 120 billion yen ($1.1 billion), a 41.2% rise from a forecast last October when it almost doubled its previous net profit projection.

That already exceeds lifetime sales of 13.56 million consoles for the Wii U that was on the market for about five years.

The Nintendo Switch has continuously surpassed expectations since it launched ten months ago. In the meanwhile, its older cousin, the 3DS, reached a whopping 71.99 million units shipped. The success of Nintendo 3DS, not to mention the spoils of the Wii's success, kept the company afloat as it eased off development for Wii U in favour of its new console.

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