Globally, Nintendo sold 2.76 million copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Switch (including the Wii U version, the total is 3.84 million copies). A mid-March Wall Street Journal report had indicated Nintendo was ramping up production from 8 million to 16 million units for April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The last time Nintendo's sales grew was in the year ended March 2009, when Wii demand drove profit to a record 555 billion yen. These numbers suggest that Breath of the Wild and the Switch sold nearly 1:1, which would make it the most successful launch game ever outside of bundled titles such as Wii Sports.
Pokémon Sun and Moon have shipped 15.4m copies in four and a half months, making them the second best selling 3DS title behind Pokémon X and Y. If that figure is accurate, the company will have sold almost 13 million Switch units by this time next year.
However, Toto of Kantan Games said that Nintendo was preparing a strong game lineup for Switch, and the company might even exceed the target. As it turns out, Pokemon still prints money all these years later, with Sun and Moon selling an unbelievable 15.44 million units since launching in November. Since its March 3 release, 2.74 million units have been sold along with 5.46 million units of games and software.More news: Turkish Opposition to Seek Referendum Annulment Even After Appeal Rejection
Mr. Kimishima said Nintendo would be spending more this year on promotion to sell the Switch, putting a drag on operating profit. "Your new Nintendo God is the Switch!"
Switch software sales now stand at 5.46 million units, with 2.76 million of those being attributed to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Considering one came out in 2011 and one came out seven weeks ago, that absolutely should not be the case.
And the knock-on effect has been seen in sales of Nintendo hardware. Shares of the video game console maker are up 61.14% in the past year at ¥27,620 ($31.65 NTDOY ADR).More news: AT&T Maintains Outlook Despite Record Loss of Wireless Users
Nintendo's other devices are seeing an increase in sales and downloads.
There's also Nintendo's smartphone initiative, whose current titles Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes have brought in revenue of 24.3 billion yen.
If the only real barrier between the Nintendo Switch and exciting new VR games from The Big N is Nintendo's own willingness to develop them, it's a good sign. If Odyssey lands in the same way Zelda did - especially during the prized holiday window - it could spur console sales in a way that releases in other parts of the year wouldn't.More news: UN hosts aid-pledging conference for beleaguered Yemen
This all compares to the Wii U, which saw massive declines across the board.