The Nintendo Switch has now sold over 22 million units

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For the same quarter in 2017, Nintendo sold 2.93 million Switch. Quarterly sales rose to 221 billion yen from 220 billion yen.

With Nintendo stating that around 22 million units of the console has been sold already, that means just under 11 million copies of Fortnite has been downloaded by Nintendo Switch users.

In terms of cold, hard financials, the gaming company posted revenues of ¥221 billion (~$1.96 billion), a slight increase of ¥1 billion compared to Q2 a year ago, while operating profits also saw a lift of ¥7.1 billion yen to ¥30.9 billion (~$221 million) comparing the same periods. With a revamped Switch reportedly coming next year, Nintendo looks to have more irons in the fire but at, this point, it is still hard to believe that the console - which has been a revelation - can reach that 20 million mark in time.

Just one-and-a-half years after its release, the Nintendo Switch has now outsold the GameCube, with 22.86m consoles shipped worldwide.

Being a hybrid portable console, the Switch is also stacked up against Nintendo's handheld offerings which provide much more of a challenge in sales feats. Despite production of the console being suspended for around three months roughly two years into its run, the GameCube still managed to shift 21.74 million units in its six-year lifetime.




It homed a number of classic Nintendo titles, such as Metroid Prime, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo is also working to turn mobile gaming into an additional revenue stream, releasing its latest title, Dragalia Lost, last month.

Furukawa added that Nintendo's growth also relied on "more focus on online play", and "more genres and diverse games to draw in people who don't now play on Switch".

The WSJ report flatly contradicts claims in March this year that the company wasn't planning to launch a follow-up to the Switch any time soon. That said, it wouldn't surprise us if the Switch eventually overtook the Wii.

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