Nintendo Forecasts 18 Million Nintendo Switch Units Shipped by March

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Indeed, the hybrid console sold 7.23 million units during the last quarter alone, taking lifetime sales to a cool 14.86 million units. In less than a year. This is a ridiculous amount of copies considering the Nintendo Switch has only sold 14 million units. The U.S. turned out to be the biggest taker of the device at 5.94 million units.

Nintendo's rolled out the red carpet for its latest hardware and software figures, confirming Super Mario Odyssey is the best-selling game on Switch having sold an earth-shattering 9.07 million units globally.

The company now has eight Switch titles that sold over a million copies in the last fiscal year, which contributes to the boost in profits the company has enjoyed over the past year. There's plenty of games Nintendo could roll out to draw more and more fans to the console, and third party support is looking good along with plenty of love from indie developers. Following Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 7.33 million copies, and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild sold 6.7 million. It would put it up there with the highest attach rate of all time.

The console "surged past initial expectations in Japan, the US and Europe" during the holiday season, President Tatsumi Kimishima said at Wednesday's earnings briefing. Kimishima is aiming for more than 20 million units next fiscal year, he said at a news conference Wednesday. Nintendo also said its handheld 3DS console was not cannibalised by the Switch. In addition, of course, there's an impending core Pokémon game, that should see sales of the system skyrocket even more.

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The leap is especially surprising considering the Switch doesn't even have a Virtual Console yet.

Next up for Nintendo is the job of keeping Switch's momentum going through 2018.

In just ten months, the Nintendo Switch has surpassed its predecessor's lifetime sales.

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