The Japanese gaming company Nintendo has predicted the year ending March 2021 will be a bumper year its Switch games console. Executives said sales will be 26 per cent higher than initial forecasts. It expects to... ship 24 million its consoles the end the financial year. This is a 26 per cent increase the previous forecast. The company said the rise demand the Switch console is partly attributable to a pandemic-driven boom gaming. Millions of people have been staying indoors because COVID-19 and have invested in a new games console. The result has provided Nintendo with an extra reason optimism - its operating profit forecast is up by 50 per cent to $4.3 billion.
The Nintendo Switch was unveiled October 2016 and released worldwide 2017. It is a hybrid console that can be used as either a home console or a portable, standalone device. It has controllers motion sensing and tactile feedback. These can attach to both sides of the console to support handheld-style play that of the Nintendo Wii. Gamers can play online Internet connectivity, as well as other consoles on a local wireless network. Developers have created 320 games for the console, many from third-party companies. Switch sales have been led Nintendo-created games such as The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart 8, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and Animal Crossing.