Nintendo, which has its North American headquarters in Redmond, Wash., reported operating profit of 29.4 billion yen ($263 million) for its fiscal year, and said it expects profits to more than double to 65 billion yen ($584 million) in the new fiscal year.
Both revenue and operating profit were down for Nintendo's 2016 vs its fiscal 2015, by 3 percent and 11 percent respectively.
"While I'm going to stay hardworking on Breath of the NES for as long as I can, if Nintendo asks me to stop using their IP, I do plan to continue development with my own original characters", developer Winter Drake told Kotaku, "I'm having way too much fun creating this world to just give up". If that figure is accurate, the company will have sold almost 13 million Switch units by this time next year.
At the same time, this demand spells good fortune for the Nintendo Switch and it likely influenced the company's estimation that it will sell roughly 10 million Switch units during its next fiscal year ending in April 2018.
According to the Nintendo Switch menu screen, this wonderful feature is going to be available with the next big update. In total the 3DS sold 7.27 million consoles across its entire family line.
Yes, that means Nintendo sold more Switch versions of Zelda than it sold Switch consoles.
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Whether Switch will top the first year sales of the storied Nintendo Wii is still questionable.
It's not all bad news, though, and others have experienced fewer or no problems with the Switch eShop curation and process. If Nintendo can keep this momentum up, it should have no problem turning the Switch into a hit.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was an ideal launch title for Switch, combining a fan-favorite franchise with an extremely well-received creative reboot of what a Zelda game can be. Considering one came out in 2011 and one came out seven weeks ago, that absolutely should not be the case. Nintendo had a team that was dedicated to approving titles for release, but the bar of entry was set so low that basically anything had a chance of getting on.
Indeed, discounts are rare on the New Nintendo 3DS XL and all the more so when they're directly from Nintendo. 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.
If Nintendo wants us to really buy into this all-purpose gaming device that is the Nintendo Switch, then it needs to be their primary device by a wide degree, if not their only one. "Your new Nintendo God is the Switch!" or anything like that. Looking ahead, Nintendo expects to maintain a high level of excitement for the Switch by releasing more first-part games and "by providing a continuous stream of appealing third-party titles across varying genres".
This all compares to the Wii U, which saw massive declines across the board.