The Switch has surely worked wonders for Nintendo, and the same now reflects in the sales outlook released by the company while reporting fiscal second-quarter earnings on Monday, according to Reuters. It was the strongest quarter for the console since its release by a small margin, but the quarter's game sales for the Switch were almost twice that of either of the two previous quarters. Shares in Germany rose as much as 3 percent in low-volume trading. 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. Given how fast the console is selling, Nintendo now expects to sell 14 million Switch units by the end of the financial year.
The company, which also makes the 3DS portable console, has scored recent success in offering games for smartphones and other devices such as Super Mario Run. In its entire shelf life, Wii U sold 13.56 million consoles.
The company's previous estimate was 10m. Revenue is now forecast at 960 billion yen, up from 750 billion yen.
I think the Switch is going to be a big victor these holidays, with many a Switch finding its way into Christmas stockings come year end. And even then, we definitely weren't sure if it was going to do well or not, so I was very relieved when it did well. Profit was 51bn yen (£334m).
"Super Mario Odyssey" is the latest hit game on Nintendo's Switch console. The Switch also drove increased download sales, up 55 percent year-over-year and landing at 22.8 billion yen ($200 million).
Games have sold well as would be expected.
This fact is plain to see in Nintendo's recently revised sales projection for the Switch: The Japanese gaming giant is expecting to move 14 million Switch consoles by March 2018. "The forecast is too low".