Nintendo Switch overtakes N64 in lifetime sales

Shawn Knight

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Nintendo in the three-month period ending March 31, 2019, generated 29.7 billion yen ($266 million) in operating profit, short of the 36 billion yen analysts were expecting.

Nintendo sold 16.95 million Switch consoles in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, narrowly missing its revised projection of 17 million units. Still, there’s reason for celebration as lifetime sales of the Switch – at 34.74 million – have now surpassed the 32.93 million Nintendo 64 consoles sold during its run.

The Switch is also on track to surpass lifetime sales of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in the coming year. Nintendo sold 49.1 million SNES units following its launch in 1990.

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa told reporters in Osaka that as a general rule of thumb, they’re always working on new hardware and will announce it when they are able to. “But we have no plans to announce that at this year’s E3 in June,” he added.

Reports from earlier this week suggested a cheaper version of the Switch could make its debut at E3.

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Lounds

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It won't out sell the Wii or DS.
It might in the end, if the would go the PS4 -> PS4 Pro route of incemental hardware updates.
I worked in an electrical store back in 2008-2012 and the Wii was being constantly bought, the TV ads were perfectly made and aiming it at the family was its key to its success. Oh and Wii Boards sold like hot pancakes. Not bad for a re-established GameCube.
 
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Jeff Schmidt

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It won't out sell the Wii or DS.
It might in the end, if the would go the PS4 -> PS4 Pro route of incemental hardware updates.
I worked in an electrical store back in 2008-2012 and the Wii was being constantly bought, the TV ads were perfectly made and aiming it at the family was its key to its success. Oh and Wii Boards sold like hot pancakes. Not bad for a re-established GameCube.
But most of the sales came in the first 3 years. The system was a pretty slow seller after that cause Nintendo kind of abandoned it early just for the wii u to fail.

And if Nintendo keeps releasing games for the switch for another 4-5 years it may outsell the DS. But they just need the right titles to get the casual market more interested in it.