Nintendo 3DS: Pros and Cons of its Possible Demise

Nintendo says that it expects to sell an additional 10 million Switch consoles in fiscal 2017.

Net sales for the fiscal year 489.085b yen (US$4.391bn), operating income 29.362b yen (~$263m), ordinary profit 50.364bn yen (~$452m).

Nintendo said it expects sales to remain strong, forecasting it will sell another 10 million units over the next year.

One little nugget that may interest you is that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild actually outsold the Switch hardware itself for the month of March. The video game company only expected to sell 2 million, which is one reason the Switch is still hard to find in stores. Nintendo sold 13.56 million Wii U consoles since its launch in November 2012, with just 760,000 sales in the a year ago.

Nintendo has to be pretty happy these days, as the launch of the Nintendo Switch has been nothing short of a success for the company. Although the release of some new titles offering amiibo functionality restored some momentum, amiibo sales remained limited to 9.1 million units for figure-type and 9.3 million units for card-type.

Mr. Kimishima said Nintendo would be spending more this year on promotion to sell the Switch, putting a drag on operating profit.


Switch software is likewise off to a great start. Doing this will net you 20% off select Nintendo Switch games.

One enterprising fan game offers a solution, however short-lived. But if they are still releasing major titles that would bolster their new hardware on their older hardware, that is bad, and gamers will see that and respond accordingly.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed: Wii U has crashed and burned after a strong start, selling over 3 million units in its first 6 weeks in the market in 2013. Digital sales were also down to a large extent on the same period previous year due to there being relatively fewer offerings of downloadable content. He pointed out that he likes the Switch as a gamer- but he has to approach it as a developer, where the question of the Switch's architecture versus the other systems (ARM vs x86) comes into question. Considering how fragile the Switch is, it makes sense that this audience would still be viable for the 3DS, even with the newer console available.

Check out the source link below to have a look at Nintendo's full report.

Aside from Zelda, Nintendo mentioned just one other game in its earnings release - 1-2 Switch - and it only mentions briefly that the title has been "generating buzz".

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