In just under two years the Nintendo Switch has outsold the GameCube

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It represents a new milestone for the Switch as Nintendo's latest console has now outsold the GameCube.

Despite that, the Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo chief executive Shuntaro Furukawa said during a press conference that the Switch's momentum is in line with what the company expected and that it still believes it can hit its goal of 20 million Switch sold during this fiscal year.

To date, Nintendo has sold over 22 million Switch consoles.

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In the meantime, Nintendo is holding a Direct later this week to show off new details about the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Games sales are surging, too: Nintendo has sold 42 million Switch titles in the past six months alone, a 91 percent surge over the previous year. You can look at these figures yourself over on Nintendo's official financial report page. The console has some strong titles coming in at the end of this year, but ever since the console's line-up became evident this year, the 20 million forecast became more and more ambitious.

Traditionally, the final quarter of the calendar year accounts for a large portion of video game and video game hardware sales. This includes first, and third-party games.

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Almost 23 million Nintendo Switch have been sold since it's launch. 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.

Second-quarter profit hit 30.9 billion yen (US$274.11 million), the Kyoto-based gaming company said, though that undershot analyst estimates.

During the six-month period ended September 30, Nintendo's sales were up 4% year-over-year to 388.9 billion yen ($3.4 billion). The Wii U was a dud and sold just 11 million units during its lifetime.

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