Nintendo Switch Surpasses GameCube Lifetime Sales

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Now, according to a new report from Nintendo, the Switch's lifetime sales just surpassed those of the GameCube. 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. Quarterly sales, meanwhile, rose to ¥221 billion ($2 billion) from ¥220 billion, behind company estimates.

Almost 23 million Nintendo Switch have been sold since it's launch.

While Sony expects to sell 17.5 million units before year's end, Nintendo is trying to be a bit more ambitious - selling 15 million consoles in the next three months is no small feat.

Highly anticipated: Nintendo's Switch is midway through its second year and sales continue to be incredibly solid.

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For the full fiscal year, the Tokyo-based company boosted its operating profit forecast to 870 billion yen from the prior forecast for 670 billion yen. Released in 2001 and sold through 2007, that system generated worldwide sales of 21.74 million units. "From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", said Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa following the results.

During summer and fall, the hot-selling New Nintendo 2DS XL package was replaced in the USA and European markets with sets featuring a pre-installed popular title.

Nintendo made the announcement during a recent financial briefing, stating that one of the primary reason that the game's reception has been so good is because it is the only current-gen console that it allows players to bring their game with them wherever they go.

Super Mario Party is available for Nintendo Switch. In May, Pokemon Co. announced it would no longer release games on the handheld device, moving the best-selling franchise to the Switch.