Just as impressive, in the last six months, the Switch has sold over 5 million units.
The GameCube, meanwhile, which was widely regarded as a popular console, could be set for a comeback as Nintendo looks to cash-in on classic console nostalgia. That said, Nintendo Switch is already ahead of its predecessors, the Nintendo GameCube and Nintendo Wii U, which only sold 21 million and 13 million units, respectively.
The release of Fortnite on Nintendo Switch came as somewhat of a surprise, launching during the week of E3, almost straight after it was announced. During that period, we saw the release of heavy hitters like Mario Tennis Aces and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze. The New 2DS XL now retails for just $150-half the price of a new Switch-and that's with a copy of Mario Kart 7 bundled.
But growth slowed in the July to September period, missing market expectations, with no major software releases during the quarter to drive sales.
In terms of cold, hard financials, the gaming company posted revenues of ¥221 billion (~$1.96 billion), a slight increase of ¥1 billion compared to Q2 previous year, while operating profits also saw a lift of ¥7.1 billion yen to ¥30.9 billion (~$221 million) comparing the same periods. Which goes to show, the Switch hasn't broken the same ground it did this time past year. Reserve your place HERE!
While Nintendo doesn't market its hybrid Switch console as a true competitor to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, its sales certainly have stood toe to toe.
That's according to the Wall Street Journal. After all, both devices fill that portable gaming niche, and the Switch arguably does it better. However, its portability and games such as The legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild helped make the Nintendo Switch fly off retailers' shelves. Nintendo confirms that most Switch Online subscribers bought into the $20 annual plan versus the piecemeal month-to-month or 3-month options. Ultimate, sales are likely to continue to skyrocket for the foreseeable future.
Considering that the battle royale was only released on the Switch during E3 in June, it's incredible to see the massive growth of the title on the new platform, and the fact that it is available for free means it's unlikely to see a decline in downloads any time soon.
Ever since the Switch launched, the fate of the 3DS is something that has been subject to a lot speculation. Nintendo's Furukawa said the focus was on building a loyal Dragalia Lost user base over the longer term.