Nintendo Switch Just Outsold Gamecube's Lifetime Sales

Pauline Obrien
October 31, 2018

Nintendo said its results were helped strong sales of Switch games including Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (1.67 million units; May release) and Mario Tennis Aces (2.16 million units; June release). So far, in the first six months of the fiscal year, the company has sold 5.07 million units of the Switch, according to its earnings report this morning.

Furukawa added that Nintendo's growth also relied on "more focus on online play", and "more genres and diverse games to draw in people who don't now play on Switch". "The holiday season battle begins now".

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In its first 18 months on the market, the Nintendo Switch has now sold 22.86 million units lifetime.

The Kyoto-based company reported operating profit of 30.9 billion yen ($274 million) during the July-September quarter, below analyst estimates for 37.9 billion yen. "From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", said Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa following the results. These are impressive numbers to go alongside Switch's impressive console sales numbers.

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Still, remakes and indie titles aren't compelling enough for most people to buy a new console. 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. Call of Duty: Black Ops set a new PlayStation record for first-day digital sales, and other big titles coming this quarter include Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Just Cause 4. Nintendo has previously said it will release another smartphone title, Mario Kart Tours, sometime before April.

Right at the top is Super Mario Odyssey, fresh off its one year anniversary with 12.17 million copies sold. In May, Pokemon Co. announced it would no longer release games on the handheld device, moving the best-selling franchise to the Switch.

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