Super Mario Odyssey Sales Cross 9 Million Units As of December 2017

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For the nine months through December, Nintendo's sales rose by almost 180% year on year to 857 billion yen, and net profit climbed 31% to 135.1 billion yen.

Nintendo also said it now expects to sell 15 million units of its Switch gaming console in the year ending March 2018, after previously raising the forecast to 14 million. Odessey released back in October 2017 so by December 31, 2017, Super Mario Odessey sold over 9 million units.

UKIYO Publishing, Rocketcat Games, and Madgarden have announced that Death Road to Canada will release on Nintendo Switch, a randomly generated, zombie-filled road-trip from Florida to Ontario.

The same fiscal report also noted that Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sold over 7.1 million copies since its release last fall, which officially makes it the third highest-selling "companion" game, behind Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 and Pokemon Crystal. It's an extraordinary reversal in fortune for a company whose previous console, the Wii U, was such a colossal flop.

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While much of the success of the Switch might be able to be attributed to its innovative portable design as it blends the best of the handheld and home console worlds, Nintendo's recent success primarily comes from its first-party titles. This was on sales of 857 bn yen ($7.8bn) and was buoyed by an operating profit of 156.452 bn yen ($1.44bn).

Nintendo posted an operating profit of $1.07 billion for the third quarter, up nearly four-fold from a year ago. The success of Nintendo 3DS, not to mention the spoils of the Wii's success, kept the company afloat as it eased off development for Wii U in favour of its new console. Once again, it's a remarkable turnaround for Nintendo, and is just one of several highlights from their latest financial report. Kimishima is aiming for more than 20 million units next fiscal year, he said at a news conference Wednesday.

According to Nintendo, 14.86 million Nintendo switch consoles have been sold thus far.

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