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

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

While Sony expects to sell 17.5 million units before year's end, Nintendo is trying to be a bit more ambitious - selling 15 million consoles in the next three months is no small feat.

While Nintendo hasn't yet released a new Mario Kart game for the Switch, "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" - a port of the Wii U game - is now the second best selling game on the Switch, just behind "Super Mario Odyssey".

Nintendo sold another 3.19 million Switch consoles in the most recent quarter, bringing its financial year total (from April to September) to 5.07 million and pushing lifetime sales to 22.86 million. "The holiday season battle begins now".

In these six months, Nintendo sold 5.07 million Switch consoles, which is up 3.7% compared to the same period a year ago. Quarterly revenue was 221 billion yen during the period, lower than market projections for 232 billion yen.

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So it's a bit of a surprise to see Nintendo put such an emphasis porting third-party games - and even more so because that appears to be working for them. In total, the device has seen almost 1,000 releases so far this year, up from about 400 in 2017, according to fan site Perfectly Nintendo.

The Kyoto-based game giant reported net profit for the 6 months to September of 64.6 billion yen ($574 million) on sales of 388.9 billion yen, which were up 4.0%. "From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", said Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa following the results.

Still, remakes and indie titles aren't compelling enough for most people to buy a new console. Nintendo believes it can achieve its high target with the upcoming Pokemon and Super Smash Bros, so it is all dependant on those titles as to whether it can achieve this. We are also seeing an increase in Joy-Con sell-through with the release of this title. Nintendo was also proud to announce that Mario Tennis Aces has sold 2.16 million copies since launch. The Pokémon games will be released in conjunction with a separately sold, $50 device called the Poké Ball Plus.

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