Nintendo Switch Reaches New Sales Milestone, But Still Far Off Target

The Nintendo Switch Has Upended the Video Game Market

Nintendo Switch Just Outsold Gamecube's Lifetime Sales

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.

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

Nintendo has sold 23 million Switch units since the system launched in March 2017, according to the Japanese gaming giant's latest financial earnings report. Ultimate coming this year, and appearances from other key Nintendo IPs like Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, and Metroid set for 2019 - there's no better time to be a fan of the Switch. Sales will grow even further if more scenes play out between now and the end of the year where this title is played in places where people gather together.

Right at the top is Super Mario Odyssey, fresh off its one year anniversary with 12.17 million copies sold.

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Nintendo additionally announced that it has now sold 73.53 million Nintendo 3DS consoles and 371.16 million software units for the 3DS.

Nintendo posted an impressive six-month earnings on Tuesday, thanks in no small part to the company's Switch console. This puts it ahead of the GameCube's lifetime total of 21.74 million. Nintendo has previously said it will release another smartphone title, Mario Kart Tours, sometime before April.

During an interview at the GeekWire Summit in October, Reggie Fils-Aimé, president and COO of Redmon-based Nintendo of America, explained how the company learned from the Wii U in developing the concept for the Switch, which can be picked up and taken on the go. The Switch has become a haven for re-releases of older third-party games like Dark Souls and indie hits including Overcooked! 2. Of course there were popular non-Nintendo titles made for the GameCube - hello, Resident Evil franchise - but the most popular games for the console were nearly invariably first-party. The company also revealed in July that the console now has 10 games that have sold more than 1 million units worldwide as of June 30.

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