Switch expected to outsell Wii U within a year

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Nintendo forecast almost doubled its full-year profit as it pointed to increased sales of its Switch games console, which resulted in shortages in the production unit of its Switch.

The signs are already promising.

It predicts sales will rise to 14 million over the course of the year, topping the 13.5m total sales achieved by the poor old, misunderstood Wii U.

The Switch was released in March 2017 and within first four weeks of its release, the device witnessed a sale of 2.74 million units which is quite astounding. By July, that figure had increased to 4.7 million and there were no signs of sales slowing down. Key to that may be overcoming whatever issue it is that is constraining supply on Nintendo's side. Nintendo previously said it expected to sell 10m this year and was struggling to keep up with demand. It's hardly surprising though given how disappointing the Wii U performed.

But on the completely opposite end of the spectrum from exclusivity is the cross-platform capabilities that come with the Nintendo Switch version.

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"We've boosted Switch production to meet strong demand as it was hard for customers to buy the consoles at retail stores." . First-half sales swelled 170% to 374 billion yen thanks to the success of the Switch.

While Wii U was seen as something like the end of the game for Nintendo, Switch has fueled new life into the company.

KitGuru says: The Nintendo Switch is certainly doing well for Nintendo.

Meanwhile, lifetime sales for 3DS are just shy of 69 million units, with software sales over 343 million. The new Animal Crossing mobile title is due out next month.

With the busiest season of the year rapidly approaching, Nintendo is upping its production in the hope of meeting the festive rush head on.