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Nintendo started 2017 as a punching bag — and ended up with the hottest gadget of the year

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Jermaine Dusenbery
Dec 31, 2017 09:00
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"Super Mario Odyssey" helped propel Nintendo to new heights in 2017.Nintendo

When 2017 began, Nintendo was in a precariously weak position: Its Wii U console had flopped, and its first "Super Mario" game for smartphones was a sales disappointment.

Nintendo's smartphone business is still uneven, but it's picking up momentum.

Delivering more smartphone hits is a major challenge for Nintendo in 2018.

It's telling that Nintendo's hottest product of 2016 was a $60 console loaded with 30-year-old NES games.

In fact, in Japan, the Switch just overtook the first-year sales record set in 2000 by the Sony PlayStation 2, the best-selling game console of all time.

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