Nintendo Switch Has Now Shipped Over 4.7 Million Units Worldwide

Thursday, 27 Jul, 2017

Nintendo's 3DS family of products sold basically on par with last year at just under 1 million units (a 1 percent increase year-over-year), while the portable console's software sales dropped a hefty 31 percent. That's around a third of the 13.5 million Wii U consoles Nintendo sold in 5 years. Of that figure 0.69m units were sold in Japan, with the remaining 2.85m coming from overseas.

It maintained expectations for the year of an operating profit of ¥65B and still expects to sell 10M Switch consoles. Indeed, Nintendo's new fighting game outsold The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which shifted another 1.16m units worldwide.

The challenge for Nintendo has been to keep the sales momentum going for new consoles, as they are snatched up in the initial years, but then interest tends to wane.

Nintendo announced in its latest earnings report that total sales for the Nintendo Switch consoles have surpassed 4.7 million units as of June 30, which isn't too bad considering they're still hard to get hold of.

For Nintendo 3DS, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was released in Japan in April and overseas in May and has been a popular title.

Pokémon GO, which Nintendo has relatively little to do with, and so only takes a small percentage of the profit, still managed to bring in ¥3.3 billion (£22.6 million) for the company. I'm intrigued to see the figures for the West as Splatoon 2 hits its first full week of release tomorrow. Our smart device and IP related income was 9.0 billion yen (450% increase on a year-on-year basis).

The Kyoto-based company reiterated its 65 billion yen operating profit forecast for the year ending March, versus the 127.94 billion yen SmartEstimate of 21 analysts. And that supply issue is limiting Nintendo's ability to sell the Switch.