Nintendo's Earnings Rise on Continued Switch Success

Nintendo's Earnings Rise on Continued Switch Success”

Nintendo said its results were helped strong sales of Switch games including Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (1.67 million units; May release) and Mario Tennis Aces (2.16 million units; June release).

The Switch had already surpassed the 13.56 million lifetime sales of its Wii U predecessor as of January 2018.

In the meantime, Nintendo is holding a Direct later this week to show off new details about the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate. 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. You can look at these figures yourself over on Nintendo's official financial report page. Super Mario Odyssey has sold over 12.17 million units in its first full year.

Nintendo has shared an update about sales of Switch hardware, and some of the platform's biggest games.

For the first six months ending on September 30, Nintendo's big software releases included "Mario Tennis Aces", which sold 2.16 million and "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze" which sold 1.67 million.

By comparison, Sony this morning said it shipped 3.9 PlayStation 4 consoles in the September quarter.

Operating profit in the July-September quarter was 30.9 billion yen (about $275 million), up from 23.8 billion yen a year ago. 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. A flurry of highly anticipated games launching in the coming weeks will be crucial to Nintendo being able to hit its goal of selling another 20 million consoles over the next six months.

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

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