Nintendo's financial results in the last quarter of 2018 were a success for its console Switch. They sold 9.42 million units, 30% more than in the same period of the previous year.
If one stays at these data may think that Nintendo may not be happier but in fact the Japanese company was very optimistic with its sales forecast for the fiscal year 2018. They carry 14.48 million units in three quarters and have lowered their expectations: they expected to sell 20 million consoles, but now reduced the amount to 17 million.
Expanding and improving the game catalog is the challenge
This number has already It seemed difficult to reach in view of the first two quarters of fiscal year 2018, ending in March 2019. Christmas sales were certainly notable with almost 10 million switches placed on the market, but even this success is not enough to achieve this goal It's they marked nine months ago.
They would need to sell 4.5 million consoles in the next three months to reach those 20 million, something that does not seem completely irrational if we take into account that in the second quarter of 2018 they sold 2.92 million units of the Nintendo Switch.
However, here is a key factor, and this is the Nintendo Switch catalog is a little stuck. The only major exclusives this year besides the newly released "New Super Mario Bros Deluxe" are "Yoshi's Crafted World" (March 2019) and "Fire Emblem: Three Houses", which will be released in March 2019.
Other highly anticipated developments they are suffering problems: a few days ago Nintendo restarted the development of & # 39; Metroid Prime 4 & # 39; with the collaboration of Retro Studios – the initial development march was not giving a product of sufficient quality – and it may be that animating this catalog will require indie titles and solve the expected developments such as "Shin Megami Tensei V" or "Bayonetta 3 ".
The Switch's march is still fantastic even when Nintendo has lowered those expectations: since it was launched a total of 32.27 million consoles were sold, long ago surpassing the GameCube and Wii U and already being only 660,000 units of the successful Nintendo 64.
Sales of its games in the current catalog also worked splendidly in this last quarter. & # 39; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate & # 39; sold 12.08 million units and & # 39; Pokemon: Let's Go & # 39; sold 10 million, which makes it clear that its titles continue to triumph among users.
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