Switch is Nintendo’s 7th best-selling console, with sales up 60% year-over-year



Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s seventh best-selling hardware product, and lifetime sales have eclipsed 55.77 million since its launch in 2017.

That’s a 60% increase over the previous year, according to the latest report on the company’s financial results. It states that the Switch sold 21.03 million units in fiscal year 2019-2020 – of that total, the Switch represents 14.83 million units and the Switch Lite 6.19 million units.

That’s a lot of switches. Obviously, the console’s performance precedes itself, but how does it look compared to the rest of the material Nintendo released? Resetera Deeke user created graphics that compare this console to its predecessors (cheers!).

The Switch is actually the seventh best-selling console. Its 55.77 million lifetime sales are surpassed by the NES, which sold 61.91 million units. The Nintendo 3DS overtakes the NES with 75.77 million units sold, then the Game Boy Advance puts the 3DS to the post with 81.51 million units sold. The top three are Nintendo DS, Game Boy and Nintendo Wii, with 154.02 million units, 118.69 million units and 101.63 million units, respectively.

Still, there is a good part of the year. If the Switch wins an additional 20 million in sales in 2020, it will climb to fifth place and surpass the 3DS. That’s a likely possibility, given that demand for both proprietary and third-party Switch titles continues to be strong. In addition, the release of Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, Pokémon Sword and Shield extensions, Bayonetta 3, and Metroid Prime 4 will drive sales again, although we don’t know when the last two titles will launch.


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