Nintendo profit jumps as cheaper Switch Lite consoles prove popular

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The Switch Lite hand-held consoles are a cheaper version of Nintendo's Switch devices, and have fewer features.

The news comes from Nintendo's six months earning release which has been shared online today; the last official hardware sales total we had received before this was back in June, by which point the Switch had sold 36.87 million units.

That's impressive for a couple of reasons. The device made up roughly 46 percent of all third quarter Switch sales, a remarkable ratio considering it was released just 11 days prior to the end of the quarter.

Second, the Switch Lite sold 1.95 million units in a very short period of time.

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As far as software is concerned, Nintendo said that Super Mario Maker 2 has sold 3.93 million copies thus far, while Fire Emblem: Three Houses moved 2.29 million and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening sold 3.13 million.

Link's Awakening is also the fastest-selling Switch game of 2019 in Europe.

The infographc below shows you exactly how many Nintendo Switch units have been shipped to retailers, alongside software units, and the same goes for the venerable 3DS.

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. It'll be interesting to see how Switch sales fare during the ever-important holiday period, especially with the Switch Lite serving as a less expensive alternative to the standard Switch.

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