After having a strong launch and consistent sales throughout the year, Nintendo has shared a forecast that it expects that an estimated 17.74 million Nintendo Switch unit will have been shipped by March 2018. Switch now sits at 14.86 million units sold compared to Wii U's 13.56 million units. It also makes last quarter Nintendo's most profitable in eight years.
The company of 116.50 billion yen (£755m, $1.07 billion), up from 32.26 billion yen a year ago.
The Switch follows the relative failure of the Wii U, which sold only 13 million consoles between its 2012 launch and 2016-almost 90 million less than its predecessor, the Wii.
Nintendo has announced that it has distributed 14.86 million Switch units worldwide since its launch, updated to December 31, 2017.
Nintendo released its fiscal Q3 earnings yesterday and blew past analyst expectations on both revenue and profit. And while the Switch is still lagging behind contemporaries Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in third-party support, the console is certainly outperforming Wii U in this field with games like Doom, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Rocket League leading the way.
But while Microsoft and Sony have been busy pushing ultra-high definition gaming, Nintendo has focused on what it does best: making really fun games.
But the astonishing sales figures for its games - nine million for Super Mario Odyssey and seven million for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - prove that consumers will pay for a console which offers games which are fun to play.
This is certainly impressive, especially considering that the Switch has been suffering for rather dramatic shortages during pretty much the whole year, with supply meeting demand basically only under major game releases and in the Holiday period. Odd, perhaps - but it shows the company is not afraid to innovate.