To date, Nintendo has sold over 22 million Switch consoles. In total, the device has seen almost 1,000 releases so far this year, up from about 400 in 2017, according to fan site Perfectly Nintendo. The outcome fell short of analysts' estimates but qualified as the company's best quarterly result in eight years. And Nintendo is expecting another huge holiday quarter as well.
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.
The five-year-old PlayStation 4 is delivering more energy - and profit growth - for Sony's business, when compared with Nintendo's much-newer Switch.
For the full fiscal year, the Tokyo-based company boosted its operating profit forecast to 870 billion yen from the prior forecast for 670 billion yen.
Ever since the Switch was first released in early 2017, questions have been raised over the realistic lifetime of Nintendo's other current system, the 3DS. Nintendo is counting on a single title, the latest iteration of Super Smash Bros. for Switch, to keep momentum going in the last three months of the year. Its newest mobile title Dragalia Lost was released on September 27, resulting in minimal contribution to the quarter. The total software sales for Nintendo Switch reached 42.13 million.
President Shuntaro Furukawa, who assumed the role in June, said the sales target was a challenge but expressed confidence it would be reached. Nintendo has previously said it will release another smartphone title, Mario Kart Tours, sometime before April.
Super Mario Party is available for Nintendo Switch.