At the end of March 2017, sales for Nintendo Switch had exceeded expectations with 2.74 million units shipped by Nintendo, surpassing the companies target of 2m.
Despite getting off to a strong start, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima spoke recently about the possibility of reaching 10 million sales with Nintendo Switch, something Nintendo’s President doesn’t expect will happen.
“I don’t think we can readily achieve the target,” said Kimishima, speaking to reporters on April 27th following the release of Nintendo’s financial report for the fiscal year ended March 2017.
However, a positive start to life for Nintendo’s hybrid console has led some analysts to disagree with Kimishima’s claim. According to AsiaNikkei, Yasuo Imanaka at Rakuten Securities’ research division expects Nintendo Switch to pass the Wii U and sell 14 million units, a statement other analysts also agree with.
As of January 2017, Nintendo’s Wii U console had only managed to sell 13.5 million units, the poorest return in the companies history for a console. Production for the Wii U has since ceased, shifting all of the attention onto Nintendo Switch.
Although hardware sales have been strong following the console’s debut on March 3rd, software sales have had just as big an impact with blockbuster titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and more recently Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling extremely well and topping charts worldwide following their respective releases and Super Mario Odessey and Splatoon 2 set to arrive later in the year. While it’s by no means a return to Nintendo’s former glory, it’s certainly a positive start.