The Nintendo Switch had a bumper year last year - the likes of Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2 saw to that - but it looks like Nintendo could be about to impress everyone again with another year of remarkable games.
One of the main benefactors from a strong Nintendo showing was games retail giant GameStop, who references Nintendo products as a massive driving force of its sales in 2017.
As reported by NintendoEverything, the Switch was largely responsible for a hardware sales increase of 44.8% for GameStop by the fourth quarter of last year, with hardware sales up by 28.3% overall thanks to the hybrid console.
During GameSpot's financial call, CEO Michael Mauler took a question about the Nintendo Switch and its attach rate and whether he believes more users will continue to buy titles as more gamers get themselves a Nintendo Switch.
“Yeah, I think that’s a fair question with Nintendo," he replies. "I mean we know kind of what happened with Wii U. I’d say this is definitely a whole different platform than we saw in the past. We have visibility to the software. So last year was a tremendous year for the software, as well as hardware between Zelda and Mario Odyssey and all the games that they had really drove a lot of hardware sales, as well as software.
"I think this year when we look at the slate of titles, many of which haven’t been announced yet, this year looks also very, very strong.
"So I think, at least, for 2018, we’ll continue to see the strong software slate drive additional installed base on the hardware and increase attach rate. We don’t have really visibility for 2019 yet, but for 2018 it should play out that way.”
It's clear that Mauler, as CEO of a massive retailer, has the inside track on what Nintendo is planning for the year ahead, and if he's willing to use such language when discussing unannounced, unreleased titles, we can certainly expect to see something impressive emerge.
From Super Smash Bros Switch to the Pokemon RPG planned for the platform in '2018 or later', we know Nintendo has some solid plans for the rest of the year.
And we're very much looking forward to what else the developer and publisher has up its sleeve.
This comes after some mighty impressive news for Nintendo came to light last week.
Nintendo's newest console is already immensely successful, but it looks like it has the potential to get even bigger over the coming year.
Having already smashed a series of impressive sales targets, the Switch might even close in on that magical 200,000,000 units sold figure - something no games console has managed to do since the runaway success of the PS2 over a decade ago.
The PS2, the world's most successful games console in terms of sales, managed to ship 155,000,000 units as of 2012 - a good number, but one that the Nintendo Switch has every intention of leaving behind.
The Nikkei Asian Review predicts the Switch will hit this target within its lifetime, however, and steal that record right from under Sony's nose... bad news for the company for sure, despite the continued success of the PS4 family of consoles.
En route to that massive number, the Switch will have to surpass sales of the PS4 - something many predictions point to the device doing this year.
That in itself is going to be a blow to Sony, who so far this generation has been at the top of the hardware charts without seemingly even noticing thanks to its dominance of about 3:1 units sold against the Xbox One.
The Nikkei Asian Review predicts the Switch’s runaway success but it’s worth understanding why this figure of 200 million sales is so noteworthy.
The Nikkei Asian Review is still only a prediction and doesn't mean that Nintendo will hit the suggested limit.
But with the likes of the Nintendo Labo releasing soon, offering players of all ages an alternative way to use the console, Nintendo knows how to just drive the numbers of Switch sales up: targeting new demographics is the simplest way to do that.
The Nikkei Asian Review isn't exactly generous in its estimates, either, meaning that this is likely a very realistic prediction based on current sales trends, the future games lineup of the Switch and potential hardware revisions.
Speaking of which, the Switch has seen some interesting rumours relating to updated versions recently.
In the hardware's newest firmware update, there are hints that a new model of the system's hardware could be released.
You can read more about that here.