Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

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

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

The holiday sales period is always a tumultuous time for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo - but, according to recent quarterly financial reports, it could be even more chaotic than we initially predicted, with Nintendo optimistically predicting that it will sell upwards of 15 million new Nintendo Switch consoles before March 2019. These are impressive numbers to go alongside Switch's impressive console sales numbers.

Nintendo reported earnings for its latest period today, and as part of that, the Japanese gaming giant also updated its sales charts for the Nintendo Switch console. Total software sales for Nintendo Switch reached 42.13 million units, the company said.

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".

Operating profit in the July-September quarter was 30.9 billion yen (about $275 million), up from 23.8 billion yen a year ago.

Ever since the Switch was first released in early 2017, questions have been raised over the realistic lifetime of Nintendo's other current system, the 3DS. 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. However, considering the game's continued presence on the NPD charts, Nintendo may support the game more. "The holiday season battle begins now".

During summer and fall, the hot-selling New Nintendo 2DS XL package was replaced in the USA and European markets with sets featuring a pre-installed popular title. This puts it ahead of the GameCube's lifetime total of 21.74 million.

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

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

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