Nintendo profit best in eight years

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"The momentum for Switch over the last 10 months has been stronger than that of the Wii", Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said on Wednesday. This milestone easily leapfrogs the Wii U, which sold just 13.56 million consoles before it was discontinued in January 2017.

It's expected that the upcoming Pokemon Switch game will be a sales juggernaut for Nintendo, with many projecting it will outsell Super Mario Odyssey, which has now sold over 9 million copies to date.

Super Mario Odyssey has sold more than 9 million units, which is a lot of power moons!

Nintendo aims to ship 20 million Switch consoles in 2018. The U.S. turned out to be the biggest taker of the device at 5.94 million units. The Switch hasn't even been available for a year - it's only ten months old and has nearly 15 million in sales. While the Wii U was home to a number of excellent Nintendo games, their releases were few and far between, with little third-party support of note available to fill in the gaps.

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Nintendo's earnings for the last nine months, from April 1st to December 31st 2017, also reveals how well its games have been selling, proving that the Switch's success is directly tied to its portfolio of excellent titles. The console-handheld hybrid moved 14.86 million units a year ago, pushing it past the lifetime 13.56 million sales of the Wii U. With an operating profit of 156.4 billion yen, net profit totaled 135.1 billion yen. Nintendo 3DS shipment units are massive 71.99 million units.

The Metroid Prime series was the shining star of the GameCube's library over fifteen years ago and it's not a stretch to say the idea of Prime 4 after the bad Federation Force has come as a pleasant surprise for long-time Nintendo fans.

"The key to Switch's success in the second year will be to attract non-gamers", he added.