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Nintendo Switch sales top 100 million, surpassing the Wii

The sales of the Nintendo Switch console have surpassed the Wii, but the global semiconductor shortage forced the Japanese gaming giant to cut its forecast for the device. has sold 103.54 million units of the Switch since its release in early 2017 that’s just above the 101.63 million units of the Wii sold since its release in 2006.

The company no longer produces the Wii. The Switch still trails sales of the original handheld Gameboy and later generation Nintendo DS.The company said that in the nine months to the end of December, it sold 18.95 million units of the Switch, which includes the handheld Switch Lite. That marks a 21.4% year-on-year fall.

It added that it now expects to sell 23 million units of the Switch in its fiscal year which runs to the end of March, down from a previous forecast of 24 million. Nintendo, like many other consumer electronics companies, has been grappling with a shortage of components, in particular semiconductors which power its devices. Nintendo reported revenue of 695.94 billion yen ($6.06 billion), a 9.6% year-on-year rise. Operating profit rose nearly 10% year-on-year to 252.6 billion yen.

Despite Switch hardware sales falling, users are still buying games online which is heling to prop up revenue and profit, however. Digital sales, which includes downloads of games and add-on content, totaled 110.8 billion yen in the December quarter, up 31% versus the same period last year. That was driven by success of Nintendo first party games including Pokemon Brilliant Diamond, Pokemon Shining Pearl and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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