Nintendo’s Switch can’t keep up with PlayStation 4

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If Nintendo hits its sales targets for the Switch this fiscal year, it'll also surpass the N64's lifetime sales of 32.93 million units. Tied at 2.1 million are ARMS, the youngest IP on the list, and Kirby Star Allies; another title released earlier this year, maintaining steady numbers as it's close to having doubled its sales from August. Quarterly revenue was 221 billion yen during the period, lower than market projections for 232 billion yen.

For the holidays, the Switch is sure to enjoy a huge boost in sales thanks to the game releases Nintendo has planned. Nintendo sold 0.64 million 3DS consoles during the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. It sold 3.2 million Switch units during the period, up from 2.9 million a year ago.

The firm said it hopes to grow sales of the Switch further by "continuing to introduce compelling new software".

While Nintendo hasn't yet released a new Mario Kart game for the Switch, "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" - a port of the Wii U game - is now the second best selling game on the Switch, just behind "Super Mario Odyssey". In the last quarter, revenue grew to $1.96 billion compared to $1.95 billion for the same period past year.

Switch sales have also already passed lifetime sales of the Wii U, which maxed out at 13.56 million units.

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. Nintendo's Shuntaro Furukawa represented more of a generational shift when he took became president in April, vowing to "develop the company to its fullest". First up, we have Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee and Let's Go, Pikachu! on November 16, which is followed on December 7 by the system seller that is Super Smash Bros. Its newest mobile title Dragalia Lost was released on September 27, resulting in minimal contribution to the quarter.

Super Mario Party is available for Nintendo Switch. The Pokémon games will be released in conjunction with a separately sold, $50 device called the Poké Ball Plus.

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