Nintendo plans to ship 10 million Switch consoles in the next yearEnlarge
For months now, Nintendo has said it planned to ship 2 million Switch systems to players worldwide in the system’s first month of availability.
In an earnings report released Thursday, the company announced it had beaten that estimate by nearly 40 percent, shipping 2.74 million systems in March for what it calls “a promising start.”
The numbers are no great surprise, at this point.

The Switch has seen nearly instant sellouts at major retailers, leading to high markups on eBay’s secondary market.
Still, the official numbers highlight an incredibly strong start for Nintendo’s new hardware.
A strong start is no guarantee of continued success, though.

The Wii U sold just over 3 million units in its first six weeks on store shelves before seeing sales quickly deteriorate in 2013 (though that system launched during the busier holiday season).
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