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Nintendo Switch Sells 10 Million Units

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Since launching earlier this year in March, the Nintendo Switch console has sold 10 million units sold worldwide, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures.

“As you can see in people’s living rooms, on a plane or riding the subway, fans all over the world can enjoy playing Nintendo Switch wherever they go,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The response from fans has been great, and we’re doing our very best to satisfy demand during the holiday shopping season.”

The Nintendo Switch features a unique combination of home console and portable handheld. The Joy-Con controllers can be operated as a traditional controller, used with the Switch as a handheld, or split apart for two local players.

Those are neat features, but the success of the Switch is mostly due to Nintendo’s incredible lineup of first year titles, beginning with the huge launch game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Other big Switch exclusives include Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. For the first time in years Nintendo has also secured third-party developers like Bethesda with DOOM and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as well as a huge library of indie games.

The Switch’s success is a huge uptick compared to Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii U. In a little over four years of an active production cycle, the Wii U sold about 14 million copies total, a commercial failure. That was in stark contrast to the insane popularity of the Wii, which sold over 100 million units between 2007-2013 as Nintendo rode the brief but explosive motion control craze.

The Nintendo Switch is available for $299, and will be one of the hottest items this holiday season. See our Switch holiday guide for tips on games.

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Coming to Mobile Next Year

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Jam City have announced a new upcoming Harry Potter game for mobile devices. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will allow players to create their own student wizard and progress through the years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It will arrive on mobile devices, including the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore in 2018.

“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a mobile gaming experience inspired by J.K. Rowling’s spell-binding lore, and it will be an exciting, fun way for fans to experience the Wizarding World,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “It is great to work with Jam City on the game, as the company has a proven track record of bringing rich, beloved worlds to players of mobile entertainment.”

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be released under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s official Harry Potter label, Portkey Games. The game is being developed by Jam City, an LA based mobile developer who have developed numerous successful mobile titles such as Cookie Jam and Marvel Avengers Academy.

“What an honor it is for Jam City to develop a mobile game for one of the largest and most iconic brands in history,” said Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of Jam City. “As Harry Potter fanatics ourselves, we have great respect for the millions of people throughout the world who have followed the Harry Potter stories for more than 20 years. This game is a labor of love for our developers and artists, who are dedicated to creating the most magical entertainment and game play experience for everyone who adores J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”

Portkey Games is launching another Harry Potter mobile title next year in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. It’s an AR game being developed by the makers of Pokémon GO. We should be getting more information about both games next year.