The Switch surpasses 36.87 million units sold globally

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Nintendo said in April that sales of its portable Switch console were projected to rise six percent to 18 million units for the current fiscal year, with the release of new titles in its popular Super Mario, Pokemon and Zelda franchises.

For comparison's sake, Nintendo Switch's 2.13 million units sold was surpassed by PlayStation 4's 3.2 million units sold last quarter, which pushed Sony's latest console to over 100 million units sold worldwide.

Operating profit for the three months through June was 27.4 billion yen ($252.26 million), versus the 40 billion yen average of 10 analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv.

Software sales also saw a rise with 22.62 million units being sold in the same period, which is a 25.9% increase from the same time frame a year ago. So it's all good news for the video game industry as a whole. The corporate offered 2.42 million copies during the three-month interval, which is pretty incredible given the game came out on June 28th - merely two days earlier than the quarter closed.

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Among Nintendo's general hardware earnings for this past quarter, the publisher also took the time to specifically call out at least one software success: Super Mario Maker 2.

Switch Lite, which will sell for $199.99, will be a strictly handheld device that can't be connected to television sets.

Nintendo's diversification drive comes as the global gaming market faces a shake-up as entrants like Google parent Alphabet Inc and Apple Inc move into game streaming services. The anticipation has driven up Nintendo's shares 39 percent this year.

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