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Nintendo sold 2.74 million Switch units in March

By Jos ยท 11 replies
Apr 27, 2017
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  1. Following a disappointing run with the Wii U, Nintendo is back in full force with the Nintendo Switch. The hybrid console has been flying off of store shelves to the tune of 2.74 million hardware units worldwide in March alone, according the company’s Fiscal 2016 earnings report. To put that into perspective, the Nintendo Switch sold more hardware in one month than the Wii U did in its first year.

    Software sales were also off to a strong start with the console’s flagship title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, moving 2.76 million copies worldwide. Overall Switch software volume was 5.46 million units for March, according to Nintendo, and with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launching tomorrow we can probably expect sales to remain strong throughout the next few months.

    Nintendo forecasts sales of 10 million units for the current financial year, meaning it expects to have sold around 13 million total by April 2018. By contrast, the Wii sold 13.17 million units during its first year.

    The Nintendo 3DS managed 7.27 million sales in the fiscal year ending March 31, bringing the number of hardware units sold to a total of 66 million. Software sales for the 3DS were also very strong and clocked in at 55.08 million units helped by titles like Pokémon Sun, Moon and Super Mario Maker.

    Meanwhile, Nintendo’s foray into smartphone games with titles Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes have brought in revenue of 24.3 billion yen. Overall, Nintendo reported revenue of 489 billion yen ($4.39 billion) and an operating profit of 29.4 billion yen ($264 million) for its 2016 financial year.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,093   +1,543

    "Following a disappointing run with the Wii U..." Seriously? Nintendo sold nearly 14 million Wii U units and over 101 MILLION Wii units. I'd hardly call those sales numbers "disappointing."
     
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    wii no, wii u yes. Considering how they are completely different consoles it doesnt really do to merge their sales numbers.
     
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  4. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 503   +243

    And now sales will drop as everyone that wanted one has one
     
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  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +3,183

    Seems overpriced for it's hardware but people will always buy Nintendo simply because of exclusives. I'd say just go buy a Wii off eBay with a ton of games, keep the rest of your money in your wallet.
     
  6. 3volv3d

    3volv3d TS Addict Posts: 159   +60

    I would say there are easily 3 million people on the planet then who are " I must have the new shiny thing first " people. Those who don't care how good it is, or even what it is, how well it actually performs. Peoples whom opinions either don't matter or don't help when it comes to the rest of us buying one. But they are needed because they pay the silly premium pricing so we can then get to the slashed price deals for the rest of us to have one.

    I would like to have a little go on one, see what the fuss if any is about. Is their fuss ?
     
  7. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    The wii U didn't see the same number of early adopters. I'd wager that there is fuss about it not just because of the sales numbers but, because it's all I hear kids talking about. After the wii U launch I totally forgot it existed because I never heard anyone talking about it. That doesn't mean the console will be a complete success, but by your metrics wii U should've done much better than it did.

    My nephew just got a xbox one s, cares nothing about the PS4 but already he's bugging me about the switch.
     
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  8. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,430   +1,428

    "Nintendo forecasts sales of 10 million units for the current financial year, meaning it expects to have sold around 13 million total by April 2018. By contrast, the Wii sold 13.17 million units during its first year."

    Um.... that's not a "contrast".... that's the same thing... But good to see that the Switch could be as successful as the Wii - I love my Wii and might pick a Switch up in a year or 2...
     
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  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    And now that they've sold 2.74 million units, your purchase in 2019 should increase that number to 2,740001. They've sold as many of those things as they're ever going to sell.
     
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  10. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,430   +1,428

    lol... well, if that's the case, I won't be buying that one in 2019 :)
     
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  11. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 193   +49

    So .02 million people either bought multiple copies of Zelda of just bought the game without the console. Interesting....
     
  12. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    It could be teens working or pre teens getting allowance, saving up the money and just getting the game to keep the hype and drive for them alive. Eventually when they can afford it they'll get that system.

    Edit: I mean thats what I did when I was young. But then again they had the nice booklets and maps to read back then.
     

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