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Nintendo sold 2.74 million Switch systems in first month

Nintendo confirms total Switch sales exceed their projections by 740,000 units

By Derek Strickland | Apr 27, 2017 02:37 pm CDT

In Nintendo's latest yearly earnings report the Japanese console-maker confirms the Nintendo Switch sold 2,740,000 units in its first month of global availability.


By selling 2.74 million units across the globe, the Nintendo Switch's first-month performance has overshot Nintendo's original sales projection by 740,000 units, or 37%. Nintendo Switch software sales were just as impressive, hitting 5.46 million units totally, including physical cartridge, bundles, and digital game sales.

In fact, Nintendo actually sold more copies of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch than it did Switch consoles: Breath of the Wild sold 2.76 million units on the Nintendo Switch, passing the console's 2.74 million units by some 20,000 sales. The new Zelda game also performed strongly on the Wii U with 1.08 million sales.

As a result of strong Switch sales and smart financial investments, Nintendo's total profits skyrockted by 521%, and the company earned 102.5 billion yen ($922.5 million) in profits during FY 2017 (April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017).


Nintendo expects its Fiscal Year 2018, which is currently underway and ends on March 31, 2018, to be even better than last year, with the Switch leading the charge with a multitude of strong first-party games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey during the holiday season, along with a slew of third-party games.

In the graph below we compare the Wii U's fiscal year hardware sales to the Nintendo Switch.


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