Such a console revision would line up with two glaring pockmarks on Nintendo's otherwise excellent holiday 2018 financial report: a failure to reach that lofty "20 million Switches sold in fiscal 2018" goal, and a serious dive in Nintendo 3DS hardware and software sales.
Most analysts always thought it was impossible, but even just a few weeks ago Nintendo said they were keeping the target.More news: Foxconn rethinking plans to make LCD panels in Wisconsin
That's in large part thanks to Super Smash Bros.
Ultimate launched on December 7, meaning that it shifted all those copies in less than a month, making it the fastest-selling Nintendo home console game of all time.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild has also been confirmed as the best-selling Zelda ever on 13.18 million - around 1.5 million of which are for the Wii U version. The Switch just so happened to release in March 2017, so this could set up a potential three-year anniversary release for the Switch mini.More news: Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is a superstar
Splatoon 2 hit 8.27 million worldwide and with 3.3 million sales in Japan becomes the best-selling Switch game in its homeland.
So, what gives? According to Ninty, the delay is simply 'in order to improve quality of the application and expand content offerings after launch.' Fair enough.
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