Nintendo's quarterly profit rises on hit Switch games

This June 19, 2018, photo, visitors walk around a figure of Super Mario of Nintendo at Panasonic center in Tokyo. Nintendo, the Japanese video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, is reporting a 25 percent jump in fiscal third-quarter profit, boosted by the popularity of games for its Switch console. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
In this June 19, 2018, photo, a logo of Nintendo hangs at Panasonic center in Tokyo. Nintendo, the Japanese video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, is reporting a 25 percent jump in fiscal third-quarter profit, boosted by the popularity of games for its Switch console. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO — Nintendo, the Japanese video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, reported Thursday that its fiscal third quarter profit jumped 25 percent, boosted by the popularity of games for its Switch console.

Nintendo Co.'s October-December profit totaled 104.2 billion yen ($956 million), up from 83.7 billion yen a year earlier. Quarterly sales totaled 608.4 billion yen ($5.6 billion), up 26 percent.

Among the software hits for Switch was "Super Mario Bros. Ultimate," whose sales have totaled 12 million units since it went on sale in December.

The popularity of such games helped drive Switch machine sales during the holiday shopping season, the company said.

The Switch is a hybrid game machine that works both as a console and a tablet.

Nintendo, based in Kyoto, central Japan, stuck to its full year forecast for a 165 billion yen ($1.5 billion) profit, up 18 percent from the previous fiscal year, on sales of 1.2 trillion yen ($11 billion), up 14 percent on-year.

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