Nintendo Switch Surpasses GameCube Lifetime Sales

Source Nintendo

Source Nintendo

To date, Nintendo has sold over 22 million Switch consoles. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch, set for release on December 7; and Pokémon: Let's Go! The outcome fell short of analysts' estimates but qualified as the company's best quarterly result in eight years.

While Sony expects to sell 17.5 million units before year's end, Nintendo is trying to be a bit more ambitious - selling 15 million consoles in the next three months is no small feat.

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. In the case of the Nintendo Switch portable console, the game has been downloaded by almost half of all the brand's now existing Switch users. The company also revealed in July that the console now has 10 games that have sold more than 1 million units worldwide as of June 30.

"From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said after the results.

Some other interesting nuggets of information in Nintendo's October 30 earnings release involved software sales for some of their first party titles.

For the upcoming holiday season, Nintendo is counting a major lift from Super Smash Bros. However, considering the game's continued presence on the NPD charts, Nintendo may support the game more.

Super Mario Party is available for Nintendo Switch. We are also seeing an increase in Joy-Con sell-through with the release of this title.

Smartphone games revenue in the quarter rose 9 percent from a year ago to 9.7 billion yen.

While both the Pokemon and Smash franchises have historically sold well on previous generation systems, they're both significantly outsold by Nintendo's Mario Kart franchise. 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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