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Nintendo Sold 2.74 Million Switch Units In March

The numbers are in, and they're looking very, very good for Nintendo.

In the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2017, Nintendo sold 2.74 million Switch consoles, president Tatsumi Kimishima said at a press conference. Nintendo expects to sell 10 million more Switches over the next 12 months.


That's welcome news for the Kyoto-based game maker, which hasn't seen sales growth since 2009. Thanks to the Switch's massive success, Nintendo's net profit is five times higher than it was last year, beating the company's internal estimate by 14 percent.

"We are hoping to change the tide of our business with the Switch," Kimishima said, noting that he was "relieved" by the Switch's early momentum. Since the Switch's debut, the value of Nintendo stocks have risen over 20 percent.

As well as the Switch is doing, however, it's big launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is performing even better. As previously reported, the game is selling better than its platform—Nintendo says it's moved 2.75 million units for the Switch. Another 1.08 million copies of Breaht of the Wild have been sold for the Wii U.


Two of Nintendo's mobile games, like Fire Emblem Heroes and Pokémon Go, also brought in a significant of revenue for the company, as did 3DS games like Super Mario Maker and Pokémon Sun and Moon. In fact, the only big disappointment discussed during Nintendo's press conference was Super Mario Run. While the mobile platforming game has been downloaded over 150 million times, fewer than 10 percent of players shelled out the $10 needed to unlock the full game.

With any luck, Nintendo will be able to keep the Switch's momentum going—despite common wisdom, the console already has a number of excellent games. The real trick is finding a retailer that has the machine in stock.