Nintendo Switch Sells 4.7 Million Units, Arms and Mario Kart Sell Strongly

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Nintendo Switch Sells 4.7 Million Units, Arms and Mario Kart Sell Strongly

Today Nintendo announced its financial results for the first quarter of the current fiscal year, ended on June 31st, 2017, and they're definitely solid. The remaining 1.6 million were sold in other regions, including Europe.

It isn't too surprising that the numbers are this high considering how well the Switch has been doing since it launched worldwide back in March.

The top-selling Switch titles are, perhaps unsurprisingly, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is at 3.92 million, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not far off with 3.54 million, 1-2-Switch is now at 1.22 million and, finally, Arms has sold 1.18 million.

With more than £1bn in earnings, it's Nintendo's most profitable first quarter since 2011.

The success of the console, along with that of mobile game Pokemon Go, have helped push Nintendo's stock price up 60 percent over the a year ago. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild also added another 1.16 million units, bringing the total to 3.92 million. And we can't forget that before then we'll see the release of Super Mario Odyssey.

The Kyoto-based game giant booked a consolidated operating profit of ¥16.21 billion, up from last year's ¥5.13 billion loss, on revenue of ¥154.07 billion, up almost 2.5-fold.

For the older handheld device 3DS, Nintendo sold 950,000 3DS units during the quarter, a slight increase from a year earlier. Nintendo reported net sales of ¥154 billion and an operating profit of ¥16.2 billion.

Ultimately, we'll find out if the Nintendo Switch will sink or swim on the market when supply will meet demand during July and August. The number is also a big improvement on the first game's debut of 156.610 sales, a sign of how much the fanbase has developed in this time.

Nintendo is trying to make more use of its roster of popular characters, moving into new areas for the company including smartphone gaming and theme parks.

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