Nintendo Expects to Ship 16.7M Switch Consoles by April 2018

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The Nintendo Switch version of the game will include special Nintendo-themed cars, featuring characters like Mario, Luigi, and Samus' ship. More importantly, it almost doubled its forecast for full-year profit to 125 billion yen ($1.1 billion).

For the first half to last month, Nintendo's net profit reached ¥51.5 billion, up 34.5 percent from a year earlier. It raised its forecast for the full fiscal year to 85 billion yen from an earlier outlook of 45 billion yen.

The company's previous estimate was 10m.

It's worth noting that these sales don't include the release of Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch, now one of the top rated games ever developed by Nintendo.

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It predicts sales will rise to 14 million over the course of the year, topping the 13.5m total sales achieved by the poor old, misunderstood Wii U. Revenue is now forecast at 960 billion yen, up from 750 billion yen. The peripheral that allowed players to use the GameCube controller with the Nintendo Wii U was suddenly compatible with the Nintendo Switch, and we never would have known about it if a few gamers didn't think about trying it out. According to NST.com, Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo said, "Switch is in excellent shape as sales of both hardware and software are growing steadily". With demand so high, Nintendo took action to increase production, announcing in October it had increased production to two million units a month. Just last Friday, Nintendo released "Super Mario Odyssey" for the console.

That the Nintendo Switch is a popular device isn't really some kind of shocking revelation.

Given the fact that the holiday season in Europe and USA have always been a life saver for gizmos it is safe to assume that the Switch won't see a decline in numbers for the last quarter of 2017. As the holidays draw closer, Nintendo wants to ensure folks who want a Switch can purchase one.

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