In just under two years the Nintendo Switch has outsold the GameCube

Nintendo Switch Just Outsold Gamecube's Lifetime Sales

A weak spot in the company's results remains smartphone revenues, which only came in at $165 million (up 4.7% year over year) for the same period. The Kyoto-based company maintained its full-year forecasts.

"Nintendo Switch hardware continued to be quite popular, reaching 5.07 million units sold" in the April-September period, it said.

While price drops and bundles can have an impact on console sales, another big driver is software releases.

The company highlighted digital "sales of downloadable versions of packaged software and add-on content for Nintendo Switch showed especially good growth", of 71.7% year-over-year.

Nintendo's quarterly sales growth slowed to 1% year-over-year, which is the worst pace for the company since the Switch launched. 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. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch, set for release on December 7; and Pokémon: Let's Go!

Israel launched over 80 airstrikes across Gaza
The demonstrators were taking part in weekly Friday protests at locations along the border. In response the Israeli army carried out air strikes on around 20 Hamas targets in Gaza.

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.

President Shuntaro Furukawa, who assumed the role in June, said the sales target was a challenge but expressed confidence it would be reached.

Still, Nintendo doesn't seem phased, and believes upcoming releases like Super Smash Bros. If any first-party Nintendo title in the world were to boost the Switch into Wii-like numbers, I think it'd be that one.

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.

Smartphone games revenue in the quarter rose 9 percent from a year ago to 9.7 billion yen.

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