Nintendo Switch game console shatters sales forecasts

Nintendo predicted the year ending March 2021 will be a bumper one for its Switch games console. It said sales will be 26 per cent higher than initial forecasts. It will sell 24 million consoles by the end of March. They said demand for the console is because of a pandemic-driven boom in gaming. Millions of people stayed indoors and bought a new games console. The result gave Nintendo reason for optimism – its profit forecast is up by 50 per cent.

The Switch was unveiled in 2016 and released worldwide in 2017. It is a hybrid console. It can be used as a standalone device. Its controllers have motion sensing and tactile feedback. These support handheld-style play, like the Nintendo Wii. Gamers can play online as well as on a local wireless network. Developers have created over 320 games for Switch. Sales have been led by Nintendo-created games such as The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing.