The Reading / Listening - Nintendo Switch - Level 5

The gaming company Nintendo predicted the year ending March 2021 will be a bumper one for its Switch games console. Executives said sales will be 26 per cent higher than initial forecasts, and that it will ship 24 million consoles by the end of the financial year. They said the rise in demand for the console is attributable to a pandemic-driven boom in gaming. Millions of people stayed indoors because of COVID-19 and invested in a new games console. The result provided Nintendo with an extra reason for optimism - its operating profit forecast is up by 50 per cent to $4.3 billion.



The Nintendo Switch was unveiled in 2016 and released worldwide in 2017. It is a hybrid console that is used as a home console or a standalone device. It has controllers with motion sensing and tactile feedback. These attach to both sides of the console to support handheld-style play, like the Nintendo Wii. Gamers can play online as well as with other consoles on a local wireless network. Developers have created over 320 games for the console, many from third-party companies. Sales have been led by Nintendo-created games such as The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nintendo Switch - Level 4 or  Nintendo Switch - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nintendo-results/nintendo-raises-switch-forecast-to-24-million-units-on-pandemic-gaming-boom-idUSKBN27L0QH
  • https://www.engadget.com/nintendo-switch-lite-sales-paper-mario-3d-all-stars-earnings-082905737.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_Switch


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the year ending March 2021 will
  2. 26 per cent higher than
  3. by the end of the
  4. attributable to a pandemic-
  5. Millions of people
  6. invested in a new
  7. an extra reason
  8. its operating profit forecast
  1. is up
  2. financial year
  3. stayed indoors
  4. for optimism
  5. initial forecasts
  6. driven boom
  7. be a bumper one
  8. games console

Paragraph 2

  1. The Nintendo Switch was
  2. It is a hybrid
  3. support handheld-
  4. play online as well as with
  5. on a local
  6. created over 320 games
  7. third-
  8. Sales have been led
  1. other consoles
  2. party companies
  3. unveiled in 2016
  4. by Nintendo-created games
  5. console
  6. wireless network
  7. style play
  8. for the console

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The gaming company Nintendo (1) ___________________ ending March 2021 will be a (2) ___________________ its Switch games console. Executives said sales will be 26 per cent higher (3) ___________________, and that it will ship 24 million consoles by the end of the financial year. They said the (4) ___________________ for the console is attributable to a (5) ___________________ in gaming. Millions of people stayed indoors because of COVID-19 and invested in a new games console. The result provided Nintendo with an extra (6) ___________________ - its operating profit forecast is up by 50 per cent to $4.3 billion.

The Nintendo Switch was unveiled in 2016 and released worldwide in 2017. It is (7) ___________________ that is used as a home console or (8) ___________________. It has controllers with motion sensing (9) ___________________. These attach to both sides of the console to support handheld-style play, like the Nintendo Wii. Gamers can play (10) ___________________ as with other consoles on a (11) ___________________. Developers have created over 320 games for the console, many (12) ___________________ companies. Sales have been led by Nintendo-created games such as The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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llbeabumperoneforitsSwitchgamesconsole.Executivessaidsaleswill
be26percenthigherthaninitialforecasts,andthatitwillship24millionco
nsolesbytheendofthefinancialyear.Theysaidtheriseindemandforthe
consoleisattributabletoapandemic-drivenboomingaming.Millionso
fpeoplestayedindoorsbecauseofCOVID-19andinvestedinanewgam
esconsole.TheresultprovidedNintendowithanextrareasonforoptimis
m-itsoperatingprofitforecastisupby50percentto$4.3billion.TheNint
endoSwitchwasunveiledin2016andreleasedworldwidein2017.Itisah
ybridconsolethatisusedasahomeconsoleorastandalonedevice.Ithas
controllerswithmotionsensingandtactilefeedback.Theseattachtobot
hsidesoftheconsoletosupporthandheld-styleplay,liketheNintendoW
ii.Gamerscanplayonlineaswellaswithotherconsolesonalocalwireless
network.Developershavecreatedover320gamesfortheconsole,man
yfromthird-partycompanies.SaleshavebeenledbyNintendo-creat
edgamessuchasTheLegendofZeldaandAnimalCrossing.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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