Nintendo Switch has passed the GameCube in lifetime sales

Nintendo Switch Just Outsold Gamecube's Lifetime Sales

Nintendo Switch Surpasses GameCube, But …

It's now officially in the top 20 all-time console seller list and has its sights on the Xbox's 24 million mark next.

Nintendo launched the Switch back in March 2017, and the console sold 17.79 million units during its first year on shelves. This includes first, and third-party games. Pikachu/ Let's Go! Eevee, scheduled for release on November 17 on the Switch. Mario Tennis Aces, with 2.16 million units sold, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, with 1.67 million, are the big standouts.

For context, this puts the Switch past the GameCube, Nintendo's sixth-generation console which debuted in Japan in September 2001 and went on to accumulate 21.74 million in lifetime sales. Nintendo announced in July that it had sold 19.67 million units worldwide as of June 30. This particular segment saw a 71.7% growth compared to the same period a year ago. $3.44 billion in sales is nothing to scoff at, and Nintendo's shift towards digital distribution of software will continue to improve operating margins.

Nintendo Switch Just Outsold Gamecube's Lifetime Sales

Despite the Nintendo Switch's impressive sales, the console is still a long way from hitting Nintendo's insane forecast of 20 million. In the last quarter, revenue grew to $1.96 billion compared to $1.95 billion for the same period past year.

During the six-month period ended September 30, Nintendo's sales were up 4% year-over-year to 388.9 billion yen ($3.4 billion). "From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", said Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa following the results.

Super Mario Odyssey now at 12.17m copies sold in just under a year (1m for the quarter), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at 11.71m (1.36m for the quarter), and Breath of the Wild Switch now 10.28m (960k for the quarter). "The holiday season battle begins now".

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