Nintendo first-half profit up 25% on Switch console sales

Source Nintendo

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By passing the GameCube, the Switch has now already sold two of Nintendo's previous home consoles despite being on sale for less than two years.

The company highlighted digital "sales of downloadable versions of packaged software and add-on content for Nintendo Switch showed especially good growth", of 71.7% year-over-year.

Despite the Nintendo Switch's impressive sales, the console is still a long way from hitting Nintendo's insane forecast of 20 million.

Nintendo said on Tuesday, October 30, its first-half net profit jumped 25.4% on-year to $574 million as blockbuster game titles helped boost demand for its popular Switch console.

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The NES Classic Mini, and SNES Classic Mini combined sold 3.69 million units in the same period. 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. The total software sales for Nintendo Switch reached 42.13 million.

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. Analysts believe this is because of the lack of big third-party titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 (which achieved the second biggest opening three days in the history of entertainment after GTA V), too many older ports, and not enough big first party efforts.

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. "Instead, Nintendo will rely on a pair of Pokemon titles in November and the latest Super Smash Bros. game in December to drive the Switch during the holiday quarter".

Operating profit in the July-September quarter was 30.9 billion yen (about $275 million), up from 23.8 billion yen a year ago.

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