Splatoon 2 sold 670955 units within first three days in Japan

27 July, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Nintendo Sold 1.97 million Nintendo Switch Consoles Last Quarter

Nintendo has sold over 4.7 million Nintendo Switch consoles since its release in March 2017.

This means that, in total, Nintendo Switch has sold 4.70 million pieces between its launch and June 30, 2017. The new 2DS XL is coming out later this week, however, and that should boost those numbers, along with premiere releases coming later this year including a Pikmin follow-up and Pokémon Sun and Moon semi-sequels. Zelda Breath of the Wild has sold almost 4 million, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shifted 3.54 million copies and ARMS has managed more than 1 million sales.

Nintendo released a hybrid console called the Switch in March, hoping it would find more success than its predecessor the Wii U, which was widely considered a flop.

The Switch has saved Nintendo from going into the red. While Zelda: Breath of the Wild was initially selling more than the Switch, it has now slipped back to 83 percent ownership. It sold 0.95 million units for hardware and 5.85 million units for software during the period mentioned above, which are pretty solid numbers considering the console's age.

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Nintendo posted an operating profit of 16.21bn yen ($144.95 million; £111.39 million) for the first quarter. It reported a 450% increase year-on-year for income related to smart devices and IP.

It ain't just the Switch that's pulling in all of Nintendo's cash.

"For Nintendo Switch, we are planning worldwide releases for Splatoon 2 in July and Super Mario Odyssey in October, and there are several big titles from other software publishers planned for this period".

Nintendo is trying to make more use of its roster of popular characters, moving into new areas for the company including smartphone gaming and theme parks.

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