Nintendo's Switch now has more lifetime sales than the GameCube

Yolanda Curtis
October 31, 2018

Nintendo sold about 7 million Switch consoles during last year's holiday quarter.

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. They have sold 5 million Switch consoles in the first six months of their fiscal year, with 3.2 million being sold in the recent quarter.


Nintendo just released their six month earnings results in Japan and the numbers from the Big N continue to impress.

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


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. The console has now surpassed the lifetime worldwide unit sales of the Nintendo GameCube, which has sold 21.74 million units. First up, we have Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee and Let's Go, Pikachu! on November 16, which is followed on December 7 by the system seller that is Super Smash Bros.

To date, Nintendo has sold over 22 million Switch consoles. A Mario Kart game was the top-selling title for the Wii U and 3DS. The Wii U was a dud and sold just 11 million units during its lifetime.


Nintendo's quarterly sales growth slowed to 1% year-over-year, which is the worst pace for the company since the Switch launched. The Switch is missing out on one of the strongest third-party lineups in years, including blockbusters like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which won't be available on Nintendo's device due to its limited graphical power. The company grew its profit during the period by 25.4% to 64.6 billion yen ($572 million).

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