Nintendo's Switch now has more lifetime sales than the GameCube

Nintendo's Switch now has more lifetime sales than the GameCube

Nintendo's Switch now has more lifetime sales than the GameCube

The handheld sold 1 million units, and 6.27 million copies of games.

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.

Some other interesting nuggets of information in Nintendo's October 30 earnings release involved software sales for some of their first party titles.

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).

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). $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. In the last quarter, revenue grew to $1.96 billion compared to $1.95 billion for the same period past year.

Furukawa added that Nintendo's growth also relied on "more focus on online play", and "more genres and diverse games to draw in people who don't now play on Switch".

For the holidays, the Switch is sure to enjoy a huge boost in sales thanks to the game releases Nintendo has planned.

So far, in the first six months of the fiscal year, the company has sold 5.07 million units of the Switch, according to its earnings report this morning. As you can see, despite shifting another 6 million consoles between those two dates, there was no significant change in the attach rate, suggesting that these games are selling at a similar pace to the console itself.

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