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Nintendo Switch Sales Up 50 Percent

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The Nintendo Switch is doing quite well. According to the company’s most recent financials, sales jumped 50 percent from July to September when compared to the same period last year.


As Bloomberg reports, Nintendo sold 4.8 million Switch consoles during this period. Out of those were 1.95 million Switch Lites. Game sales also increased 48 percent, due to titles like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. During this same quarter, operating profit increased to $615 million, which was higher than the company’s estimates.

Sale-wise, the Switch has already long passed the Wii U’s 13.56 million, the GameCube’s 21.74 million, and the Nintendo 64's 32.94 units sold, and is on pace to leap the SNES’s 49.10 million and the NES’s 61.91 million units sold. Games like next month’s Pokémon Sword and Shield will certainly help with that.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I just bought a Switch, and then needed some games to go with it, and man, how does Nintendo keep the cost of their games so high!?

My wife saw $50 for Mario Odyssey, and she was like “what the hell, that’s so much!” considering I just paid like $60 total for 4 amazing PS4 exclusives released much more recently than 2017's Mario and Zelda...