Nintendo second-quarter profit hits eight-year high, powered by Switch sales

Noel Cummings
October 31, 2018

For reference, the next most successful Nintendo console was the Nintendo 64 at 33 million units and the most successful (in non-handhelds) is the Wii at 101 million units.

It represents a new milestone for the Switch as Nintendo's latest console has now outsold the GameCube.

In its report for the six months ended September 30, Nintendo revealed that Switch has sold 22.86 million units so far. "The holiday season battle begins now". Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 11.71 million copies, and Shacknews' Game of the Year 2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold over 10 million units since the launch of Nintendo Switch.

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So it's a bit of a surprise to see Nintendo put such an emphasis porting third-party games - and even more so because that appears to be working for them.

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

President Shuntaro Furukawa, who assumed the role in June, said the sales target was a challenge but expressed confidence it would be reached. Tied at 2.1 million are ARMS, the youngest IP on the list, and Kirby Star Allies; another title released earlier this year, maintaining steady numbers as it's close to having doubled its sales from August.

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Still, remakes and indie titles aren't compelling enough for most people to buy a new console. Nintendo sold 0.64 million 3DS consoles during the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.

In the meantime, Nintendo is holding a Direct later this week to show off new details about the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Its newest mobile title Dragalia Lost was released on September 27, resulting in minimal contribution to the quarter. In May, Pokemon Co. announced it would no longer release games on the handheld device, moving the best-selling franchise to the Switch.

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