Nintendo Aims to Sell 20 Million Switch Units Next Fiscal Year

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In the previous generation, we saw the release of Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS and Super Mario 3D World for Nintendo Wii U. Both of these were excellent games, but the resources of Nintendo had to be split across both projects.

"To which degree is it a victor? Various internal bets were placed, but it has surpassed expectations overall, certainly mine". From releasing games on iOS and Android to the release of the Nintendo Switch console, the Big N is once again playing with power. While the new hardware started Nintendo's 2017 rise, it was blockbuster releases from its two venerable and massively successful franchises that carried the momentum. "As a publisher, salesperson, marketer and representative of Nintendo, it's a once-in-a-career kind of year". The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was Digital Trends' game of the year in 2017, and we also loved Super Mario Odyssey and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for their innovative takes on the Mario formula.

"Having lived through four, five different platform launches, going back to the GameCube, we are extremely fortunate to have had both a Zelda and a Mario since launch and it's definitely helped the install base", Trepanier said.

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While it's very unlikely that we'll see any new Castlevania or Contra adventures from Konami, there's always a good chance of seeing classics find a second chance at life - like on the Nintendo Switch. This will allow unapproved third-party developers to get their own software running on the Switch.

At the moment, however, Plutoo, Derrek and Naehrwert have not gone into details about when, in what way and with what content, the Homebrew Launcher will be made available, however, they stressed that the goal is not to encourage "piracy", but to be able to exploit on the Switch some emulators and unofficial applications.

"I think there are lots of models that seem to be working", Trepanier said. Kirby Star Allies, Metroid Prime 4, Shin Megami Tensei, and the untitled Yoshi game are popular contenders.