The hybrid console has sold 22.86 million units to be exact, nearly 10 million more than its predecessor the Wii U, which managed 13.56 million lifetime sales over its four-year lifespan.
It represents a new milestone for the Switch as Nintendo's latest console has now outsold the GameCube. And the older GameCube sold just under 22 million units over a period of six years.
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While price drops and bundles can have an impact on console sales, another big driver is software releases. "Reaching their Switch target really depends on the holiday quarter, especially the new Super Smash Bros. game". 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.
Despite that, the Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo chief executive Shuntaro Furukawa said during a press conference that the Switch's momentum is in line with what the company expected and that it still believes it can hit its goal of 20 million Switch sold during this fiscal year.
In its report for the six months ended September 30, Nintendo revealed that Switch has sold 22.86 million units so far.
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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.
Overall, Super Mario Odyssey remains the Switch's top-seller, with 12.17 million, followed by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's 11.71 million, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild with 10.28 million.
The Kyoto-based game giant reported net profit for the 6 months to September of 64.6 billion yen ($574 million) on sales of 388.9 billion yen, which were up 4.0%.
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