The nearly seven-year-old Nintendo Switch console is still very much a thing – and so much so Nintendo has raised its sales forecast for its current fiscal year. In its third quarter earnings report, the company announced that increases projected Switch sales from 15 million to 15.5 million. The increase follows third-quarter total net sales that were 29.9 billion Japanese yen (approximately 4.67 billion Czech crowns) higher and net profit 6.4 billion Japanese yen (1 billion crowns) higher than Nintendo had forecast . It’s worth noting, however, that despite better-than-expected third-quarter net sales, those numbers were still six percent lower than the same period in 2022.

Further sales of the Switch console were probably supported by several long-time favorites and brand new games. The game was released in October Super Mario Bros. by Nintendo Wonder, which reached 11.96 million units sold. Then there was the movie The Super Mario Broswhich was released in theaters in April and spurred interest in older titles such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and 2023 news like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

The improved Switch sales forecast comes at a time when players eagerly await his successor. Although Nintendo has yet to release any substantial information, the new gaming system will reportedly launch sometime this year. The developers of Switch 2 (specific name unknown) reportedly gave a behind-closed-doors look at Gamescom in August 2023. Among other things, a new version of the game was supposed to be on display there The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with a higher frame rate and resolution than the original Switch offers.