The Wii U was the other system to fall behind, which sold 13.56m units, but the Switch has a long way to go to catch up with some other previous machines.
Nintendo's earnings were supported by the 42 million Switch games sold in April-September, versus 22 million in the same period a year earlier, with upcoming titles generating a buzz among games fans including next month's Pokemon: Let's Go titles and December's Super Smash Bros. Nintendo didn't really have any major new releases during this period, either, with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and a Labo Vehicle Kit being the only first-party highlights. Where do you think the console will end up in terms of sales at the end of its lifetime? This means it has surpassed the GameCube's lifetime of 21.74 million units, and the next landmark to overtake is within reach - the Nintendo 64's 32.98 million units. Nintendo's earnings were also bolstered by strong sales for Mario Tennis Aces and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which tallied 2.2 million and 1.7 million unit sales, respectively. This particular segment saw a 71.7% growth compared to the same period past year.
Second-quarter profit hit 30.9 billion yen (US$274.11 million), the Kyoto-based gaming company said, though that undershot analyst estimates.
The firm said it hopes to grow sales of the Switch further by "continuing to introduce compelling new software".
For the year to March, it maintained its optimistic annual targets, expecting a net profit of 165 billion yen on sales of 1.2 trillion yen. And the older GameCube sold just under 22 million units over a period of six years. "From the beginning we decided on a target that would be challenging to reach, not easy", said Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa following the results.