Nintendo closes its books for the year on March 31st, which means Nintendo Switch just recently wrapped up its first full fiscal year on the market. So how did Nintendo’s hybrid console perform in year one? According to the figures released in Nintendo’s latest financial briefing, pretty damn well. As of March 31st, 2018, Nintendo Switch sits at just under 18 million units sold.
Switch’s official sales count currently sits at 17.79 million, although it has almost certainly blown past the 18 million mark since the end of March. Of that 17.79 million, 15.05 million sales occurred over the past fiscal year, or April 1st, 2017 through March 31st, 2018. The other 2.74 million technically came during the previous fiscal year, as Nintendo Switch released on March 3. 2017, four weeks before the books were closed on 2016.
This is an incredible start for Switch that puts it just behind Wii in terms of sales over the same period of time. Wii, however, had the enormous advantage of getting two holiday seasons during its first 13 months, whereas Switch has only had one holiday on the market.
For the current fiscal year (April 1st, 2018 through March 31st, 2019), Nintendo is projecting even stronger sales. Their forecast currently calls for 20 million Switch units to be sold this year, or 2.21 million more than Switch has sold in its first 13 months. If Nintendo hits this target, Switch will be sitting at just under 40 million units (triple Wii U’s lifetime sales figures) after just two years.
Additionally, Nintendo reports that 3DS has sold 72.53 million units in its life. It’s creeping up on Game Boy Advance’s lifetime total of 81.51 million units sold, but it has a long way to go to compete with Nintendo’s top dog in the handheld world. Nintendo DS sold over 154 million units in its lifetime, more than double the current total of 3DS.