Nintendo first-half profit up 25% on Switch console sales

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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.

Yep: the Switch absolutely crushed the Wii U in record time and now it's beaten the GameCube's 21.74 million.

For the holidays, the Switch is sure to enjoy a huge boost in sales thanks to the game releases Nintendo has planned. But Sony is breaking that pattern with a strong collection of gaming titles for the holiday shopping season, including homegrown hit Spider-man, that's setting up the PlayStation 4 for its best-year ever. By way of The Verge, we now know Nintendo's latest financial data, which includes the new milestone of 22.86 million units sold for the Switch.

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

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Operating profit in the July-September quarter was 30.9 billion yen (about $275 million), up from 23.8 billion yen a year ago.

In the meantime, Nintendo is holding a Direct later this week to show off new details about the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The company maintained its full-year forecasts.

"It was a quiet quarter without many big releases from Nintendo", Hideki Yasuda, senior analyst at Ace Research Institute, said prior to the release. "From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", said Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa following the results. In total, the device has seen almost 1,000 releases so far this year, up from about 400 in 2017, according to fan site Perfectly Nintendo.

Ever since the Switch was first released in early 2017, questions have been raised over the realistic lifetime of Nintendo's other current system, the 3DS. Nintendo has previously said it will release another smartphone title, Mario Kart Tours, sometime before April.