Nintendo has officially revealed sales numbers for their latest console, the Nintendo Switch, which launched last month, and they’re damn impressive.
While retailers and other analysts have been able to speculate the sales figures of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo themselves have remained pretty quiet on the whole thing, opting to reveal numbers during their end of 2016 financial report.
That time has now come and Nintendo have revealed that the Nintendo Switch has sold 2.75 million units worldwide. That’s an incredibly impressive number considering the console had only been on sale for less than a month before the report was put together.
What’s interesting is that, in line with NPD’s report, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold 2.76 million units on Nintendo Switch meaning more people earn a copy of Breath of the Wild than they do the Switch console itself. This could easily be explained as people buying the Collector’s Edition and another copy to play, another is that due to Switch shortages, people are purchasing the game in anticipation.
Combined with the Wii U version, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold a total of 3.84 million copies as of March 31.
Overall Nintendo’s profits have risen by 14% year on year to 102 billion yen, which is around £11.5 million beating its initial expectations of 90 billion yen. This is due to hardware shipments exceeding its initial forecast and advertising costs being lower than expected, according to Nintendo.
In other news, Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon have now hit 15.44 million sales, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS has hit 2.34 million units sold, and Kirby: Planet Roboto has hit 1.36 million units. 3DS sales have grown 7% year-on-year to 7.27 million units.
As for the Wii U, sales of the console were down dramatically by 77% to just 760,000 units, which is unsurprising considering the launch of the Switch came near the end of the financial year. Nintendo actually expects to see zero Wii U hardware sales in 2017.
Nintendo expects to hit 10m Switch hardware sales, and 35m software sales over the next year.