Nintendo announced that Nintendo Switch sales have hit 36.87 million since launching back in March 2017. The latest quarter saw the Kyoto-based company sell 2.13 million Nintendo Switch consoles and has projected that it would sell 18 million units over the course of the financial year. Game sales stand at 22.62 million units this quarter with a projected 125 million to be sold by the end of the financial year. Interestingly, digital game sales only make up 38.3 percent of the overall Nintendo Switch software pie indicating that physical media is still the choice of many Switch owners.
That said, the projection of 18 million units by the end of the financial year isn’t without merit. Reason being, the company has the Nintendo Switch Lite on the way. It’s a handheld-only version of the Nintendo Switch with a smaller screen and non-detachable Joy-Cons. A new and improved variant of the existing Nintendo Switch is also gracing store shelves soon. It promises better battery life though there are no performance gains.
This upgrade to the standard Switch model arrives next month in USA with other regions in Europe to follow. The Japanese market gets the upgraded model in August as well. This new model will offer nearly double the battery life and have new packaging.
The currently available Nintendo Switch offers 2.5 to 6.5 hours of battery life with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild lasting for 3 hours in specific conditions. The new Nintendo Switch Model that is still called the Nintendo Switch will offer 4.5 to 9 hours of battery life with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild lasting for 5.5 hours.