Published: Thu, July 27, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Metroid Prime 4, Pokémon for Switch Are Still a Long Ways Off

Metroid Prime 4, Pokémon for Switch Are Still a Long Ways Off

The updated Switch sales numbers come from Nintendo's most recent quarterly earning report, which the company released overnight.

Nintendo's quarterly profit topped estimates as more people bought its new Switch gaming machine, lifting expectations for brisk sales during the holiday shopping period.

At E3 2017 last month, Nintendo finally gave gamers what many have been asking for, which is a Pokemon RPG that won't be exclusive to the company's handheld consoles. A year ago it was part of the release for the augmented reality game Pokemon Go and also launched the Super Mario Run game for mobile devices. Since it released the Switch on 3 March, 4.7 million consoles have been sold. Of course, it doesn't necessarily take a financial report to figure that out, as the Switch can still be hard to find in some place. Also, Nintendo has revealed that for the first quarter of current fiscal year 3DS has shipped 0.95 million units and 5.85 million units for software.

Ultimately, we'll find out if the Nintendo Switch will sink or swim on the market when supply will meet demand during July and August. Revenue more than doubled to 154.1 billion yen, topping analysts' prediction for 139 billion yen.

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The biggest hurdle they had to overcome was the iPhone 8 using up a lot of the NAND chips that were also required for manufacturing the Nintendo Switch, as reported by 9to5 Mac. Sales of the Switch could be higher, however Nintendo has had some manufacturing issues which are limiting consume uptake.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 3.54 million copies since its release in April, while ARMS - some sort of limb flailing fighting thing - sold 1.18 million units in the two weeks since its release on 18 June.

While disappointing, it's not all bad news for Switch fans. Fans seem to want a Switch port of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, so don't be surprised to see Nintendo pursue such a re-release in the future.

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