Nintendo has released its latest batch of financial data, revealing that the Nintendo Switch has sold 22.86 million units worldwide as of 30th September 2018. This number means that the Switch has now outsold the GameCube which shifted 21.74m in its lifetime.

The data reveals that the Switch sold 3.19m units in the last quarter, meaning that the console has now shifted 5.07m units so far this financial year. With just two quarters to go - the holiday season and the usually quiet quarter just after - this means that Nintendo needs sales to increase at a rather staggering rate to reach the yearly target of 20 million sales - a target which is very much still in place.

For the sake of comparison, 7.23 million Switch consoles were sold during last year's holiday period, meaning that this year's sales would have to be much higher than those seen just 12 months ago. While this might sound like a near-impossible task, it's worth noting that Switch sales are actually slightly up year-on-year despite a relative lack of first-party major releases over the last few months, and the upcoming Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will no doubt be seen as potential system sellers.

By passing the GameCube, the Switch has now already sold two of Nintendo's previous home consoles despite being on sale for less than two years. 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.

The Wii and DS are the runaway winners at present with an incredible 101.63m and 154.02m units sold respectively; the Game Boy sold 118.69m units, the Game Boy Advance 81.51m, 3DS sold 73.53m, the NES 61.91m units, the SNES shifted 49.10m, and the Nintendo 64 is next to be caught with 32.93m units sold.

Do you think Nintendo will hit the 20 million Switch sales target this financial year? Where do you think the console will end up in terms of sales at the end of its lifetime? Let us know with a comment below.

[via theverge.com]