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Nintendo's Earnings Rise on Continued Switch Success

Nintendo's Earnings Rise on Continued Switch Success

The NES Classic Mini, and SNES Classic Mini combined sold 3.69 million units in the same period. The company's 5.07 million units sold for the first half of this fiscal is up from 4.89 million for the same period past year.

The Nintendo Switch had outsold the Wii U console, which has sold 13.56 million units worldwide, as of December 31.

Games sales are surging, too: Nintendo has sold 42 million Switch titles in the past six months alone, a 91 percent surge over the previous year.

Well everyone, it's official: there are now more Nintendo Switch consoles than Gamecubes in the world.




Nintendo said its results were helped strong sales of Switch games including Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (1.67 million units; May release) and Mario Tennis Aces (2.16 million units; June release). By way of The Verge, we now know Nintendo's latest financial data, which includes the new milestone of 22.86 million units sold for the Switch. This means it has surpassed the GameCube's lifetime of 21.74 million units, and the next landmark to overtake is within reach - the Nintendo 64's 32.98 million units. Yeah, it's got a few killer titles - Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart.

For the upcoming holiday season, Nintendo is counting a major lift from Super Smash Bros.

While Nintendo hasn't yet released a new Mario Kart game for the Switch, "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" - a port of the Wii U game - is now the second best selling game on the Switch, just behind "Super Mario Odyssey".

Traditionally, the final quarter of the calendar year accounts for a large portion of video game and video game hardware sales. If any first-party Nintendo title in the world were to boost the Switch into Wii-like numbers, I think it'd be that one.


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