Switch sales have also already passed lifetime sales of the Wii U, which maxed out at 13.56 million units.
Well everyone, it's official: there are now more Nintendo Switch consoles than Gamecubes in the world. The company said that it sold 5.07 million Switch consoles in the six months ended September 30, up 3.7% compared to Switch sales in the same period in 2017. "The holiday season battle begins now". That's, on average, a million copies sold for every month it's been available, cementing its status as the best-selling game on Nintendo Switch. Quarterly sales, meanwhile, rose to ¥221 billion ($2 billion) from ¥220 billion, behind company estimates.
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.
"From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said after the results.
So it's a bit of a surprise to see Nintendo put such an emphasis porting third-party games - and even more so because that appears to be working for them. Sony and Nintendo have something to celebrate with the PS4 and Switch respectively, so are going to cheer their numbers from the mountaintops: and that's exactly what Nintendo did this week.
Still, remakes and indie titles aren't compelling enough for most people to buy a new console.
Still, Nintendo doesn't seem phased, and believes upcoming releases like Super Smash Bros.
During summer and fall, the hot-selling New Nintendo 2DS XL package was replaced in the United States and European markets with sets featuring a pre-installed popular title.
"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.
Smartphone games revenue in the quarter rose 9 percent from a year ago to 9.7 billion yen. The Pokémon games will be released in conjunction with a separately sold, $50 device called the Poké Ball Plus.