Nintendo boosts Switch sales forecast as shortage eases

Nintendo upgraded its full-year profit projection by 55 billion yen ($486 million) Monday, putting up an ambitious sales outlook for the hard-to-find Nintendo Switch console that will see it scramble to keep factories supplied. If this happens, the Switch will outsell the Wii U in just a year.

Kyoto-based Nintendo, which makes Super Mario and Pokemon games, said its sales rose 173 percent from a year earlier in April-September to 374 billion yen ($3.3 billion). Operating profits came in at 23.7 billion yen against the consensus estimate of 19 billion yen. Through the end of September, the company has sold/shipped 7.63 million Switch units worldwide.

Switch owners will be able to download Rocket League via Nintendo's eShop for $20. While there have been conspiracy theories of an artificial shortage, Nintendo expects to tally 14 million Switch console sales during the previous quarter, up from 10 million.

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With Nintendo secretly adding GameCube controller support to the Nintendo Switch, many gamers took that as a signal that the fighting game was finally coming to the hybrid console. "We've boosted Switch production to meet strong demand as it was hard for customers to buy the consoles at retail stores", he said (as quoted by Reuters).

The Wii U was not an abject failure per say, but it never quite captured the imagination of audiences in the way the Switch appears to.

Some have found it hard to buy a Switch because of supply shortages.

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"We've given customers a different way to play", Kimishima said. Nintendo also boosted its software sales forecast, which it now believes will total 50 million units, up from its previous forecast of 35 million.

Last week's release of Super Mario Odyssey, which bettered the week one performance of Breath of the Wild in the United Kingdom, should propel those numbers even further.

As The Verge reports, Nintendo is now revising its yearly sales forecast.

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