Nintendo: Switch Sells 2.74 Million Units in March

Nintendo: Switch Sells 2.74 Million Units in March - News

by William D'Angelo, posted on 28 April 2017 / 11,644 Views

The launch month of the Nintendo Switch was a huge success for Nintendo. The console sold 2.74 million units in March. 

The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild sold 2.76 million units on the Switch and 1.08 million units on the Wii U.

 

For the full fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 Nintendo earned $4.4 billion in revenue and profits of $925 million. 

Nintendo expects revenue of $6.7 billion in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 and profits of $404 million. 

Thanks GamesIndustry.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments

Green098 (on 28 April 2017)

1 more month and it will probably of out sold the Wii U's 1st year sales


Miyamotoo (on 28 April 2017)

It very posible that Switch at end of April will outsell Wii Us 1st year.


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Jranation (on 28 April 2017)

1st year as in 12 months?


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Green098 (on 28 April 2017)

Yup!, well at least come close anyways. By the end of November 2013 the Wii U sold 4.1 million units (According to VGChartz). The Switch only needs to sell 1.4 million more units.


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Jranation (on 28 April 2017)

Oh wow! This is going very well for the Switch!


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Johnw1104 (on 28 April 2017)

With a decent E3 I think Nintendo has perfectly timed their release schedule to provide for a very strong first year. If they keep this momentum they'll pass the Wii U before next year's holidays.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 28 April 2017)

I'm sure they released the Switch in March to give their financials a boost at the end of the fiscal year but yeah it was really good timing to lead into E3 and the summer so they can build a sales base for the holiday season.


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TK-Karma (on 28 April 2017)

Interesting that Nintendo made such a big profit last year, after all of the R&D on the Switch. Looks like that Mariners sale had a bigger impact that I expected!


Luke888 (on 30 April 2017)

The R&D for the Switch weren't accounted only in FY2017, they were split into various years, supposedly they could have come up with the HD Rumble idea in 2013 just to implement it in the Switch in late 2016...


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Mr Puggsly (on 29 April 2017)

Good to see NIntendo doing well again. And all they needed to do was... make Wii U a truly portable device. I will get one down the road when the library is bigger and prices are lower.


SuperNintend0rk (on 28 April 2017)

It's weird that Nintendo expects their revenue to increase but profits to decrease this year... I'm guessing that they moved the majority of the Switch development costs to this year since their hardware sales (not including March) were pretty low last year


Miyamotoo (on 28 April 2017)

Well part of profit was from selling Seattle Mariners, also it seems they aiming to produce 16m Switch consoles this year.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 28 April 2017)

Oh they sold the Mariners? That would explain the extra profit last year


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Johnw1104 (on 28 April 2017)

They've doubled production of their hardware, that's initially expensive. It's why Nintendo was able to look better off than it was when selling the sizable remnants of Wii U's constructed in previous financial years that they'd been unable to sell quickly about two years ago. Once they went through that, net profits from the Wii U again declined as they were forced to manufacture some more.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 28 April 2017)

Yeah that makes a lot of sense. Companies generally have to invest money initially to earn money long term.


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Podings (on 28 April 2017)

There's a lot of money going towards building a good Switch install base, and starting up new game productions. And they're likely dealing out conservative numbers in the first place.


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Kristof81 (on 28 April 2017)

It could also mean that their R&D will be very busy this year, meaning that there will be plenty coming from NIntendo in 2018/2019


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I like Bacon (on 29 April 2017)

What the others mentioned plus I do believe Kimishima said they will continue to heavily advertise the Switch which will cut into their total revenue. But at least they are advertising it which will help sell even more units. :3 Only commercials I remember seeing in the Wii U's last half of it's life was a few of Splatoon, and Smash Wii U, and I saw the Paper Mario Color Splash commercial only once.


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silvergunner (on 29 April 2017)

Has anyone else noticed that they sold 20,000 more copies of Zelda for Switch than consoles to actually play it on?


Wiibaron (on 30 April 2017)

Two reasons how this is possible. Super fans buy the collector edition too and don't open it, just playing the standard one. And Zelda isn't a supply constraint product and some people buy it waiting for their Switch to be purchased. 20,000 is less than 1% of sales.


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Kanemaru (on 28 April 2017)

I can't wait to see the weekly sells being as bad as the wiiu's in a few months when Zelda BOW will not sell anymore XD


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Mr.GameCrazy (on 28 April 2017)

Why would you look forward to that?


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Goodnightmoon (on 29 April 2017)

Can you be a more obvious hater please?


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KLAMarine (on 29 April 2017)

You're 33?


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