Friday, 16 November, 2018

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

The Nintendo Switch Has Upended the Video Game Market Nintendo Switch Just Outsold Gamecube's Lifetime Sales
Troy Mann | 31 October, 2018, 14:14

To date, Nintendo has sold over 22 million Switch consoles. 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.

For the same quarter in 2017, Nintendo sold 2.93 million Switch.

The Japanese outfit expects Switch sales to reach 20 million units during the current fiscal year, although only 5.07 million consoles were sold over the first six months. The company has also sold 111.10 million software units for the Switch.

Second-quarter profit hit 30.9 billion yen (US$274.11 million), the Kyoto-based gaming company said, though that undershot analyst estimates.

Well everyone, it's official: there are now more Nintendo Switch consoles than Gamecubes in the world. "The holiday season battle begins now".

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

In its earnings release, Nintendo suggested its Switch console was a main driver of its successful period. Super Mario Party is the kind of title that is easy to play, even by people using Nintendo Switch for the first time.

Super Mario Party is available for Nintendo Switch. First up, we have Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee and Let's Go, Pikachu! on November 16, which is followed on December 7 by the system seller that is Super Smash Bros.

Smartphone games revenue in the quarter rose 9 percent from a year ago to 9.7 billion yen. Call of Duty: Black Ops set a new PlayStation record for first-day digital sales, and other big titles coming this quarter include Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Just Cause 4.

While both the Pokemon and Smash franchises have historically sold well on previous generation systems, they're both significantly outsold by Nintendo's Mario Kart franchise.

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