Skip to main content

Nintendo sells a whopping 15 million Switch units, gets a new leader

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The unpatchable exploit recently discovered to affect the Nintendo Switch apparently hasn’t affected the popular gaming console’s success, nor its maker’s earnings. On Thursday, April 26, the Japanese gaming conglomerate gave us a look at its latest earnings, and simply put, they look good. In the first three months of 2018, Nintendo managed to sell a total of 15 million Switch gaming consoles, which is a whole 50 percent above its initially expected sales volume of 10 million units. The handheld console contributed enormously to the company’s $9.7 billion revenue figure, up 116 percent over the same time last year.

The most popular games associated with the Nintendo Switch were Super Mario Odyssey, which sold 10 million copies, followed closely by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at nine million, and Splatoon 2 at six million. And as Nintendo continues to add more games to its roster, it’s expecting that folks will gravitate toward the Switch even further — over the next year, the company intends to sell 20 million Switch units.

And arriving to lead the company into this ambitious territory is a new president, Shuntaro Furukawa. Formerly a board member of Pokemon Co, the relatively young executive (he’s 46) will take over the reins from the company’s current leader, Tatsumi Kimishima, who was responsible for the debut of the Switch in 2017. The hope is that this injection of young energy will propel Nintendo further forward, and continue to make the company appealing to new generations.

“The key thing here is that management is getting younger,” Satoshi Kurihara, an analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Institute, told Bloomberg. “They will have to execute the Switch’s growth plan, so in that sense this is a new start.”

Another new start is Nintendo’s Labo, a cardboard-based gaming creation that, as we previously reported, gives players the chance to build working pianos, remote-controlled cars, and even a fishing rod using their Switch systems. This is expected to be another big hit for the Nintendo team, though it’s still a little too early to tell exactly how users are actually reacting to this DIY gaming system. In any case, under new leadership and with a flagship product as successful as the Switch, it seems that we’ll have plenty to look forward to from Nintendo.

Editors' Recommendations

Lulu Chang
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Fascinated by the effects of technology on human interaction, Lulu believes that if her parents can use your new app…
Every rumored Xbox exclusive coming to PS5 and Switch
Living room with Microsoft Xbox Series X (L) and Sony PlayStation 5 home video game consoles alongside a television and soundbar.

The video game console market is about to see its biggest shakeup since Sega stopped producing hardware. Xbox's Phil Spencer says that the company will share a "business update" with players next week outlining a new vision for the brand. That news comes after a month of rumors that claimed that some of Xbox's biggest exclusives would be coming to other platforms, including PS5 and Nintendo Switch. The unconfirmed reports sent Xbox loyalists into a panic as fans brace for a possible future where Xbox just produces software instead of physical consoles.

We don't know what's true yet, as credible reports have been lumped in with speculation. Some details seem plausible, while rumors that Xbox will stop making systems altogether are closer to educated guesses. We'll learn more in Xbox's business update, but until then, we've rounded up a list of every Xbox exclusive that's reportedly going multiplatform. Take it all with a grain of salt until Spencer and company unveil the full picture.

Read more
Mario vs. Donkey Kong remake’s new levels feel right at home
Mario and Donkey Kong stare each other down in Mario vs. Donkey Kong.

When it comes to Mario, Nintendo has remake fever. The publisher is currently on a hot streak as it revisits some of the series' cult classics. We got a strong remake of Super Mario RPG last November and a new version of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is on the way this year. In-between those beloved titles, we're getting a full remake of Mario vs. Donkey Kong, a unique Game Boy Advance puzzle-platformer. It's something of a 20th-anniversary edition considering the original launched in 2004.

Ahead of its launch, I played through the remake's first four worlds. For the most part, they're 1:1 recreations of the original's levels, with a charming visual boost that's not far off from what we saw in Super Mario RPG. What I wouldn't realize at first, though, is that one of those worlds was an entirely new addition made for the remake. That's how naturally its new content slots in to a very faithful recreation.
Tiny changes
Like Super Mario RPG, Mario vs. Donkey Kong's Switch remake isn't trying to mess with fans' nostalgia. The core gameplay loop is entirely unchanged here: Mario moves through bite-sized 2D platforming levels turned into small puzzles. Each level has me finding a key and bringing it to a door, before sending me to a second screen where I need to rescue a mini Mario toy. I watched a YouTube video of the original game's World 1 after beating the remake's and it was almost identical.

Read more
5 Nintendo DS games we need on Switch after Another Code: Recollection
Key art for Radiant Historia

We’re in the middle of a Nintendo DS renaissance on Nintendo Switch, which is fitting as that classic handheld turns 20 in 2014. Coming off the excellent Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective re-release from last year, more DS classics are coming to Nintendo Switch this month. First, Another Code Recollection contains a full-on remake of the cult classic Another Code: Two Memories, and it's out now. In a few days, on January 25, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney will remastered as part of a trilogy collection that also bears its namesake.

This has all gotten me to think about what other Nintendo DS games I’d like to see make a comeback. According to Moby Games, There were well over 2,000 DS titles, but not all of them matched the notoriety and success of titles like New Super Mario Bros. or Nintendogs. That means the DS library is still full of cult classics primed for a re-release or full-on series comeback. These are the five I’d like to see make a comeback in the wake of Another Code Recollection and Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy.
Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Read more