Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Nintendo Switch sales top 22.86 million, overtaking the GameCube

Nintendo Switch sales top 22.86 million, overtaking the GameCube

Nintendo previously forecast that it would sell 20 million Switch consoles during the current fiscal year, which ends on March 30. Quarterly revenue was 221 billion yen during the period, lower than market projections for 232 billion yen. And Nintendo is expecting another huge holiday quarter as well.

Almost 23 million Nintendo Switch have been sold since it's launch. The company's 5.07 million units sold for the first half of this fiscal is up from 4.89 million for the same period previous year.

This resulted in a 34 billion yen ($301 million USD) profit in the last quarter, up from ¥30 billion a year earlier.

Nintendo has shared an update about sales of Switch hardware, and some of the platform's biggest games. While this means the system will need to sell much better in the second half of the year, the console seeing a Pokémon and Smash Bros release - not to mention that Christmas is coming up - should help considerably with those numbers. "The holiday season battle begins now". However, considering the game's continued presence on the NPD charts, Nintendo may support the game more. Its newest mobile title Dragalia Lost was released on September 27, resulting in minimal contribution to the quarter.

Furukawa's mention of "big titles" would seemingly point to the likes of these games - only Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have reached the 10 million copies sold milestone on Switch so far.

"From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said after the results. The Switch is missing out on one of the strongest third-party lineups in years, including blockbusters like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which won't be available on Nintendo's device due to its limited graphical power.

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