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The Switch is the fastest selling console in Japan for a launch year while Nintendo hopes to sell 20 million additional units in 2018

What are their plans to achieve this goal? What possible games could be announced as a result?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • December 30, 2017 at 6:03 p.m. PST • Comments: 37

According to GameXplain, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima is hoping to sell 20 million additional Nintendo Switch units in 2018's fiscal year. Keep in mind that Nintendo has sold about 10 million units during the Switch's launch year.

While this may seem like a pretty bold hope, it's worth keeping in mind that the Switch has seen a great deal of success. This particular console has recently taken the record for fastest selling console in Japan on launch year away from the PlayStation 2.

Only just last week an additional 269,684 Switch units were sold. Compare this to the PlayStation 4's 50,662 sales (67,257 units if you count the PS4 Pro).

In addition to its innovative design, the Nintendo Switch has a number of impressive flagship titles. These include Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and more.

It's clear that in order for Nintendo to outdo themselves in the next year, they must have big plans for the future. A few details were revealed on how they plan to go about this.

As stated by Tatsumi Kimishima, they plan on releasing software that allows consumers to play in brand new ways. They'll also continue to support and extend the life of already existing titles by releasing new DLC.

Let's take another look at some of their highest selling games of previous consoles:

GameCube top 10

1. Super Smash Bros. Melee - 7.09 million
2. Mario Kart: Double Dash‼ - 7.00 million
3. Super Mario Sunshine - 6.31 million
4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - 4.07 million
5. Luigi's Mansion - 3.6 million
6. Animal Crossing - 3.15 million
7. Metroid Prime - 2.82 million
8. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle - 2.56 million
9. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - 2.25 million
10. Mario Party 4 - 2.21 million

Wii top 10

1. Wii Sports - 82.83 million
2. Mario Kart Wii - 37.02 million
3. Wii Sports Resort - 33.06 million
4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 30.11 million
5. Wii Play - 28.02 million
6. Wii Fit - 22.67 million
7. Wii Fit Plus - 21.13 million
8. Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 13.25 million
9. Super Mario Galaxy - 12.76 million
10. Wii Party - 9.29 million

Wii U top 10

1. Mario Kart 8 - 8.38 million
2. New Super Mario Bros. U - 5.73 million
3. Super Mario 3D World - 5.70 million
4. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 5.26 million
5. Nintendo Land - 5.18 million
6. Splatoon - 4.87 million
7. Super Mario Maker - 3.98 million
8. New Super Luigi U - 2.99 million
9. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 2.23 million
10. Mario Party 10 - 2.13 million

The sales during the Wii era are certainly noteworthy. Games like Wii Sports, Wii Play, Wii Fit, and Wii Party certainly fit into this criteria of being a unique way to play video games.

It definitely sounds as though we may be getting more games like this in the future. After all, the Nintendo Switch does motion controls.

Virtual Reality games could also be a possibility in the future. This would likely have a positive effect on the sales.

In terms of classic titles, we keep seeing games from the Mario Kart, Super Mario, and Zelda series as being quite successful. With that said, there's a series that's been consistently successful that we haven't heard much of anything about so far for the Switch -- the Super Smash Bros. series.

Interestingly enough, Nintendo filed for a new Super Smash Bros. logo trademark not too long ago. It's very possible that something has been developing on this front...

While this is unconfirmed, there are rumors suggesting that there will be a Nintendo Direct sometime in January. It certainly makes sense that Nintendo would want to announce something potentially big at the start of the year to start ramping up sales.

Here's hoping that we'll finally see an announcement of some Smash Bros. title for the Nintendo Switch.

Additional sources: NintendoSoup, Go Nintendo, and My Nintendo News.

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