Nintendo Switch sales top 22.86 million, overtaking the GameCube

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It's now officially in the top 20 all-time console seller list and has its sights on the Xbox's 24 million mark next.

The NES Classic Mini, and SNES Classic Mini combined sold 3.69 million units in the same period.

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. Nintendo didn't really have any major new releases during this period, either, with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and a Labo Vehicle Kit being the only first-party highlights. Pikachu/ Let's Go! Eevee, scheduled for release on November 17 on the Switch.

Over its lifetime between 2001-2007, the GameCube managed to sell a very respectable 21.74 million units. This particular segment saw a 71.7% growth compared to the same period a year ago. Now, according to a new report from Nintendo, the Switch's lifetime sales just surpassed those of the GameCube. $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. The Switch's sales figures don't appear to be plateauing at the moment, though admittedly the console will have to do some pretty frantic holiday sales if it wants to meet its projected yearly goal. Total software sales reached 111 million units.

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Nintendo revealed that its Nintendo Switch console has sold 22.86 million units worldwide as of September 30.

A weak spot in the company's results remains smartphone revenues, which only came in at $165 million (up 4.7% year over year) for the same period.

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

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