Nintendo's Switch now has more lifetime sales than the GameCube

Isaac Cain
October 31, 2018

That's, on average, a million copies sold for every month it's been available, cementing its status as the best-selling game on Nintendo Switch. The company grew its profit during the period by 25.4% to 64.6 billion yen ($572 million). Quarterly sales, meanwhile, rose to ¥221 billion ($2 billion) from ¥220 billion, behind company estimates. The Kyoto-based company maintained its full-year forecasts. Those strong sales continue and the latest victim is Nintendo's sixth-generation games console, the GameCube.

The Nintendo Switch has surpassed 22 million units in lifetime sales, with Nintendo breaking the news in its latest financial report.

"It was a quiet quarter without many big releases from Nintendo", Hideki Yasuda, senior analyst at Ace Research Institute, said prior to the release.

For the holidays, the Switch is sure to enjoy a huge boost in sales thanks to the game releases Nintendo has planned. The company has also sold 111.10 million software units for the Switch.

President Shuntaro Furukawa, who assumed the role in June, said the sales target was a challenge but expressed confidence it would be reached. "The holiday season battle begins now".

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Nintendo has released their results for the first half of the 2018 fiscal year, covering the period from April 1 - September 30th with focus on the period from July 1 - September 30.

Essentially, Sony is taking a page out of Nintendo's playbook, churning out games made by its own studio; those first-party titles are also more profitable.

Still, remakes and indie titles aren't compelling enough for most people to buy a new console.

Nintendo hasn't announced a new Mario Kart for the Switch, but it is working on one for smartphones. First up, we have Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee and Let's Go, Pikachu! on November 16, which is followed on December 7 by the system seller that is Super Smash Bros. More than a third of that came from the PlayStation division, where profit climbed 65 percent from a year earlier to 91 billion yen. Its newest mobile title Dragalia Lost was released on September 27, resulting in minimal contribution to the quarter. The Pokémon games will be released in conjunction with a separately sold, $50 device called the Poké Ball Plus.

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