Nintendo Switch sales top 22.86 million, overtaking the GameCube

Nintendo Switch sales top 22.86 million, overtaking the GameCube

Nintendo said on Tuesday, October 30, its first-half net profit jumped 25.4% on-year to $574 million as blockbuster game titles helped boost demand for its popular Switch console.

To date, Nintendo has sold over 22 million Switch consoles.

The Switch's version of Mario Kart 8 already includes the large amount of DLC content added to the Wii U version.

Nintendo has sold more Switch consoles in 15 months than it did GameCubes over that device's entire lifetime.

This news comes as part of Nintendo's latest financial earnings report, where sales figures for its hardware are revealed. Major first-party Nintendo titles hardly ever see a reduction in price at retail, with games in franchises such as Super Mario and Pokémon often staying at full price years after release, and it can often be confusing when many other titles benefit from sales and discounts. The company announced today that they have sold 22.86 million Switch consoles as of the end of September 2018.

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

Operating profit in the July-September quarter was 30.9 billion yen (about $275 million), up from 23.8 billion yen a year ago.

"From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said after the results. Launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild rounds out this trio at 10.28 million, making for a grand total of three Switch titles that have surpassed ten million copies sold worldwide. "The holiday season battle begins now".

Smartphone games revenue in the quarter rose 9 percent from a year ago to 9.7 billion yen.

My take as a lot of this is too clandestine to make a definitive statement on: the 3DS rocks and if it died tomorrow it lived a good life.

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