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

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The Switch just beat that in 19 months, with the latest sales figures from Nintendo confirming its hybrid console has now sold 22.86 million units. 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 PlayStation is doing great, Spider-Man sold like insane in the second quarter", said Kazunori Ito, an analyst at Morningstar Investment Services in Tokyo.

Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd on Tuesday said sales of Switch consoles and games pushed operating profit up 30 percent in the July-September period to reach its highest quarterly result in eight years.

The firm said it hopes to grow sales of the Switch further by "continuing to introduce compelling new software".

Second-quarter profit hit 30.9 billion yen (US$274.11 million), the Kyoto-based gaming company said, though that undershot analyst estimates.

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Game software sales were driven by Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which has sold well over a million copies since its release in May, while Mario Tennis Aces, released in June, has sold more than two million units.

In the meantime, Nintendo is holding a Direct later this week to show off new details about the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Well everyone, it's official: there are now more Nintendo Switch consoles than Gamecubes in the world. We are also seeing an increase in Joy-Con sell-through with the release of this title. Nintendo's Shuntaro Furukawa represented more of a generational shift when he took became president in April, vowing to "develop the company to its fullest".

While both the Pokemon and Smash franchises have historically sold well on previous generation systems, they're both significantly outsold by Nintendo's Mario Kart franchise.

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