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Nintendo needs a heck of a holiday season to meet Switch sales goal

Nintendo has announced that it sold 3.19 million Switch consoles last quarter, meaning it’s at 5.07 million units for the financial year so far and 22.86 million since its launch in March 2017. That’s right, folks, the Switch has now outsold the GameCube’s 21.74 million total as well as the Wii U.

The home/portable hybrid console has been a big success, but Nintendo does have an uphill climb if it’s going to meet its own optimistic sales target of 20 million for the year ending March 31st, which remains unchanged. The current holiday quarter will be by far the most important, and last year Nintendo “only” moved 7.23 million units. The company will likely have to almost double that to meet its goals, given that the quarter following the holidays is traditionally very slow.

If you had to think of any franchises that could spark a major sales rush, though, Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. would each be good a pick as any, and both are set to launch on the Switch this quarter. It’s also worth pointing out that Switch sales are slightly up year on year even with almost no major game releases over the past three months, though the system was still supply-constrained this time last year.

Meanwhile, Sony’s PlayStation business continues to grow. The company just announced that it’s shipped over 86 million PS4 consoles worldwide; for comparison, the last figure given for the PS3 was 80 million back in 2013, while the original PlayStation managed around 102 million.

Operating profit for Sony’s game division is up over 100 percent on the same six-month period from the last fiscal year, with more than 240 percent higher revenue, and the company has upped its PS4 sales forecast for the year to 17.5 million units. Could the PS4 become the second best-selling PlayStation behind the PS2?


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