Nintendo Switch Surpasses GameCube, But …

Nintendo Switch Surpasses GameCube, But …

For reference, the next most successful Nintendo console was the Nintendo 64 at 33 million units and the most successful (in non-handhelds) is the Wii at 101 million units. It sold 3.2 million Switch units during the period, up from 2.9 million a year ago. Those strong sales continue and the latest victim is Nintendo's sixth-generation games console, the GameCube. The Switch remains on a fantastic trajectory and next is slated to surpass the lifetime sales of the Nintendo 64 which sold almost 33 million units over its life. "The holiday season battle begins now". A flurry of highly anticipated games launching in the coming weeks will be crucial to Nintendo being able to hit its goal of selling another 20 million consoles over the next six months. Quarterly revenue was 221 billion yen during the period, lower than market projections for 232 billion yen.

President Shuntaro Furukawa, who assumed the role in June, said the sales target was a challenge but expressed confidence it would be reached. Operating profit for the first six months of Nintendo's fiscal year was up 53.7% year-over-year despite only 4% revenue growth over the same time period.

Still, remakes and indie titles aren't compelling enough for most people to buy a new console. More than a third of that came from the PlayStation division, where profit climbed 65 percent from a year earlier to 91 billion yen. We are also seeing an increase in Joy-Con sell-through with the release of this title.

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.

Almost 23 million Nintendo Switch have been sold since it's launch. The Pokémon games will be released in conjunction with a separately sold, $50 device called the Poké Ball Plus.

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