Switch outsells Nintendo 64 and more financial updates


26 April, 2019

Nintendo's push into mobile is yet to deliver a major hit, although analysts point to Mario Kart Tour, developed with DeNA and due for release this summer, as a possible contender.

Nintendo has sold 34.74 million Switch since release as of the end of March, pushing it past the Nintendo 64's lifetime sales and at about a third of the company's massive Wii sales.

Nintendo says popular Switch software included "Super Smash Bros".

Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd cautioned it will take time for the launch of its Switch console in China and dampened speculation about introducing a low-priced version of the device. Ultimate (13.81 million units), Pokemon Let's Go (10.63 million units), and Super Mario Party (6.4 million units) leading the charge.

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Nintendo sold 16.95 million Switch consoles in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, narrowly missing its revised projection of 17 million units. That 12.7% increase year-over-year, along with an 86.7% increase in software sales for the year, contributed to the company's annual operating profit of 249.7 billion yen. A Nikkei report earlier this month suggests that those features would include better image rendering and usability changes, while the cheaper model would work with the existing Switch dock.

Nintendo has yet to confirm or deny those rumored new versions of Switch, but its president has said outright that it won't announce new hardware at E3 2019. But Nintendo, if recent memory serves us right, doesn't make hardware announcements during E3.

Unfortunately, the Switch's hardware performance ultimately did not meet analysts expectations, at just a 12.7% increase on the same period a year ago.

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