Nintendo Switch Just Outsold Gamecube's Lifetime Sales

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"That's raising worries about Nintendo's ability to reach its target of 20 million Switch units this fiscal year". In total, the device has seen almost 1,000 releases so far this year, up from about 400 in 2017, according to fan site Perfectly Nintendo.

Sony's operating profit was 239 billion yen ($2.1 billion) for the September quarter, topping analysts' average estimate for 205 billion yen.

For the holidays, the Switch is sure to enjoy a huge boost in sales thanks to the game releases Nintendo has planned. And the older GameCube sold just under 22 million units over a period of six years.

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.

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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". Instead, Nintendo will rely on a pair of Pokemon titles in November and the latest Super Smash Bros. game in December to drive the Switch during the holiday quarter.

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

Game software sales were driven by Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which has sold well over a million copies since its release in May, while Mario Tennis Aces, released in June, has sold more than two million units. "The holiday season battle begins now". We are also seeing an increase in Joy-Con sell-through with the release of this title. "From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", said Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa following the results.

Nintendo hasn't announced a new Mario Kart for the Switch, but it is working on one for smartphones.