Nintendo Switch Surpasses GameCube, But …

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The console has some strong titles coming in at the end of this year, but ever since the console's line-up became evident this year, the 20 million forecast became more and more ambitious. Super Mario Odyssey has sold over 12.17 million units in its first full year. "Mario Kart DS" was the third best selling title for the DS, behind "Nintendogs" and "New Super Mario Bros". Sony and Nintendo have something to celebrate with the PS4 and Switch respectively, so are going to cheer their numbers from the mountaintops: and that's exactly what Nintendo did this week. Nintendo was also proud to announce that Mario Tennis Aces has sold 2.16 million copies since launch.

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For the first six months ending on September 30, Nintendo's big software releases included "Mario Tennis Aces", which sold 2.16 million and "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze" which sold 1.67 million. 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.

Traditionally, the final quarter of the calendar year accounts for a large portion of video game and video game hardware sales.

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A weak spot in the company's results remains smartphone revenues, which only came in at $165 million (up 4.7% year over year) for the same period. This puts it ahead of the GameCube's lifetime total of 21.74 million.

"Sales of other popular titles that were released during previous fiscal years and titles released by other software publishers continued to grow, bringing the total number of million-seller titles during this period to nine", Nintendo said.

In its report for the six months ended September 30, Nintendo revealed that Switch has sold 22.86 million units so far.

President Shuntaro Furukawa, who assumed the role in June, said the sales target was a challenge but expressed confidence it would be reached.