Nintendo Switch overtakes N64 in lifetime sales

Those rumored new Switch versions won't be announced at E3 but they could still be on the way

Nintendo initially forecast sales of 20 million units for the year, but adjusted that figure back in January.

There's also an appetite for the NES and SNES Classic consoles, with Nintendo boasting that it has sold 5.95 million units of the retro remakes combined. That means the last 12 months of sales data is in the books, including updates on hardware totals. With the 3DS seemingly nearing the end of its life span, the Switch could replace it altogether. Wii is still the champ with 101.63 million units sold.

Nintendo Switch Online has exceeded 9.8 million global accounts, according to a financial briefing from Nintendo, released on Friday.

On mobile, Nintendo's IP related income rose by 17 percent year-over-year to 46.0 billion yen ($411.8 million), and the company seemed particularly pleased with the performance of Dragalia Lost.

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The company had 23 million-selling Switch titles across the entire year, with flagship releases like Super Smash Bros. That's not quite the 20 million unit goal that the company set for itself, but it's impressive nonetheless.

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Yesterday saw the release of Nintendo's Fiscal Year 2018 results, and late last night President Furukawa and other Nintendo execs sat down with investors for a presentation and Q&A. And now analysts believe Nintendo could hit 18.5 million in 2019. Pokemon Sun and Moon is at 16.15 million lifetime sales, while Pokemon X and Y has achieved 16.39 million.

An earlier report from Bloomberg had said that Nintendo could release a new low-priced Switch model as early as June. A second pro model is also slated for release some time this year. "But we have no plans to announce that at this year's E3 in June". If the rumours are correct, some fresh hardware revisions and lowered pricing might help give the console another big boost later this year.

The company has always been one to deny or skip commenting on rumors regarding hardware until its ready to share with the public.

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