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

Angelica Greene
October 31, 2018

Nintendo still expects to ship 20 million units by the end of March, 2019.

In these six months, Nintendo sold 5.07 million Switch consoles, which is up 3.7% compared to the same period previous year. "Mario Kart DS" was the third best selling title for the DS, behind "Nintendogs" and "New Super Mario Bros". These are impressive numbers to go alongside Switch's impressive console sales numbers. More recent, first-party releases like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (1.67 million), and Mario Tennis Aces (2.16 million) both joined the million seller club. Total software sales for Nintendo Switch reached 42.13 million units, the company said.

The company highlighted digital "sales of downloadable versions of packaged software and add-on content for Nintendo Switch showed especially good growth", of 71.7% year-over-year. This particular segment saw a 71.7% growth compared to the same period a year ago.

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Yep: the Switch absolutely crushed the Wii U in record time and now it's beaten the GameCube's 21.74 million.

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%. Nintendo sold 0.64 million 3DS consoles during the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. Sales and operating profit came in below analyst estimates according to Bloomberg. The company said that it sold 5.07 million Switch consoles in the six months ended September 30, up 3.7% compared to Switch sales in the same period in 2017. 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 a year ago. "From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", said Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa following the results.

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