Nintendo Switch Sales Nears 5 Million In Only Four Months

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Nintendo recently revealed its financial results for the first quarter of the current fiscal year, which revealed how their latest console has been doing in the sales department. Since it released the Switch on 3 March, 4.7 million consoles have been sold.

Overall, the Switch and its software sales drove good numbers for Nintendo, including $578 million in gross profit, and $145 million after expenses, vs. a $46 million operating deficit for the same period a year ago. Past year it was part of the release for the augmented reality game Pokemon Go and also launched the Super Mario Run game for mobile devices.

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo said it returned to profit in the first quarter due to strong demand for its Switch console.

Nintendo shares rose 1.3 percent in Tokyo prior to the results, leaving them up more than 50 percent since the Switch went on sale.

Nintendo sol a total of 1.97 Switch consoles in quarter one and they have now sold a total of 4.71 units of the Nintendo Switch. That can be deduced from the company's fiscal quarter report.

Nintendo also revealed that income from smartphone apps such as Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes stood at ¥9 billion (£62.2 million).

Almost 2 million of those consoles were sold in the past three months, with the company still dealing with supply constraints and keeping the Switch in stock at stores. In our digital business, sales of the digital versions of packaged software and downloadable content on Nintendo Switch showed steady growth, with total digital sales of 11.0 billion yen (41% increase on a year-on-year basis). It sold 0.95 million units for hardware and 5.85 million units for software during the period mentioned above, which are pretty solid numbers considering the console's age.

ARMS took second place, selling 1.18m units worldwide, with Nintendo saying the title is "off to a good start".

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