Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Nintendo Switch Surpasses GameCube, But …

Nintendo Switch Surpasses GameCube, But …

The company has also sold 111.10 million software units for the Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 11.71 million copies, and Shacknews' Game of the Year 2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold over 10 million units since the launch of Nintendo Switch. This includes first, and third-party games. Where do you think the console will end up in terms of sales at the end of its lifetime? 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.

Highly anticipated: Nintendo's Switch is midway through its second year and sales continue to be incredibly solid.

For the first six months ending on September 30, Nintendo's big software releases included "Mario Tennis Aces", which sold 2.16 million and "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze" which sold 1.67 million. This particular segment saw a 71.7% growth compared to the same period previous year.

The firm said it hopes to grow sales of the Switch further by "continuing to introduce compelling new software".

A weak spot in the company's results remains smartphone revenues, which only came in at $165 million (up 4.7% year over year) for the same period. Sales and operating profit came in below analyst estimates according to Bloomberg. With just two quarters to go - the holiday season and the usually quiet quarter just after - this means that Nintendo needs sales to increase at a rather staggering rate to reach the yearly target of 20 million sales - a target which is very much still in place.

The Famitsu website reported in September that the Nintendo Switch had sold more than 5 million Switch console units in Japan in the 1.5 years (79 weeks) since the console went on sale.

President Shuntaro Furukawa, who assumed the role in June, said the sales target was a challenge but expressed confidence it would be reached.

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