Earlier today, Nintendo presented information for the end of their past fiscal year ending in March 2017, reporting great sales number for the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As a matter of fact, Nintendo has surpassed their projections for the Switch, and now they've set up optimistic figures for the current fiscal year, which is set to end in March 2018.
According to the Big N, the Nintendo Switch is already on the path to besting the Wii U in terms of sales within little more than its launch year. Currently, the Switch has sold 2.74 million units within the month since its launch, and now Nintendo has announced their plans to ship another 10 million before the end of the next fiscal year. Whereas the Wii U managed to ship only about 13.5 million units in its lifetime, this would put the Switch at a total of 12.74 million units shipped by the end of next March.
The innovative nature of the new console isn't the only reason for Nintendo to suspect it can hit these numbers, as President Tatsumi Kimishima also specifically stated that "more unannounced titles" are on the horizon. We already know of several highly anticipated games, such as Splatoon 2, ARMS, and Super Mario Odyssey, among others, but if even more new and equally amazing titles are waiting to be revealed, this goal for the next fiscal year could be incredibly feasible.
Perhaps the most staggering figure presented at the meeting is the 2.76 million Breath of the Wild copies shipped for the Nintendo Switch alone, which is more than the system itself. Including Wii U copies of Breath of the Wild, 3.84 million copies of the game have been shipped.
With these numbers in mind, Nintendo projects to ship 35 million software copies for Nintendo Switch by the end of the new fiscal year. Adding in the 5.46 million units already shipped in March 2017, this would equal 40.46 software units shipped by the end of March 2018.
What do you think of these numbers? Are you excited for the success of Nintendo's newest console, or are you cautious about celebrating the Switch as Nintendo's most recent saving grace just yet? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for more coverage of Nintendo's review of their 2016 fiscal year.