Nintendo Reports That Switch Is Off To A Great Start
Nintendo has released its financial figures for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2017, and the company is happy to report strong sales of the new Switch console as well as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The Switch (which debuted on March 3) sold 2.74 million units in just under a month on sale, and Breath of the Wild sold 2.76 million copies on Switch and 1.08 million on the Wii U.
This success has led Nintendo to project profits of 45 billion yen ($403.8 million) for the next fiscal year ending on March 31, 2018. Also during that time span the company anticipates selling 10 million Switch consoles.
In other Nintendo news, Nintendo technology and design head Genyo Takeda is retiring after over 40 years at the company. Takeda headed up the design of the Wii, produced the arcade version of Punch-Out!!, and served as the acting representative director (with Shigeru Miyamoto) after the passing of Satoru Iwata.
Nintendo's forecast of 10 million Switches sold by the end of March next year would already put it within striking distance of the Wii U's 13.56 million units sold worldwide since 2012.