Nintendo's Earnings Rise on Continued Switch Success

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In its new earnings report, Nintendo also revealed that over five million Switch consoles have been sold in the past sixth months, marking a slight increase in sales from the same period a year ago.

The data reveals that the Switch sold 3.19m units in the last quarter, meaning that the console has now shifted 5.07m units so far this financial year.

The hybrid console has sold 22.86 million units to be exact, nearly 10 million more than its predecessor the Wii U, which managed 13.56 million lifetime sales over its four-year lifespan.

Nintendo just released their six month earnings results in Japan and the numbers from the Big N continue to impress. The Wii U was the other system to fall behind, which sold 13.56m units, but the Switch has a long way to go to catch up with some other previous machines. This means it has surpassed the GameCube's lifetime of 21.74 million units, and the next landmark to overtake is within reach - the Nintendo 64's 32.98 million units.

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The partnership is the latest by the secretive games maker, whose mobile titles such as Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp have not been as successful as the augmented-reality monster catching game Pokemon Go from partner Niantic Inc. 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.

Nintendo expects that the releases of "Super Mario Party", which came out earlier this month, but isn't part of the first half of Nintendo's fiscal year, two "Pokemon" titles, and "Super Smash Bros".

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

Nintendo's operating profit for the second quarter was up about 30 percent, to $274 million.

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