Nintendo Reveals Updated Switch Console Sales Numbers

Highlights

  • Nintendo Switch continues to dominate the gaming market with its versatile design and impressive game library, solidifying its position as a best-selling console.
  • A new report from Nintendo reveals the Switch has sold 132.46 million units. The OLED model of the Switch has been the top seller, while the standard Switch and Lite models have also seen strong sales.
  • The success of recent games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Super Mario Bros. Wonder has contributed to the Switch’s ongoing popularity and sales success.

Nintendo has revealed the latest sales numbers for its home console/handheld hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, which continues to smash records. Since its launch in 2017, the Switch has been a popular console due to its versatile form factor as well as its impressive library of games. After the failure of the Wii U, the Switch has righted the ship for Nintendo as it has been a massive seller month after month.

Despite the Switch’s successor being Nintendo’s worst-kept secret at this point, the current console continues to sell thanks to compelling software. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is one of the year’s best-reviewed and most popular games. Even more recently, the October release of Super Mario Bros. Wonder has wowed fans and critics with its charmingly bizarre return to the 2D platforming genre. After years of strong sales, it appears as though Nintendo’s hybrid system is rising the ranks of bestsellers.

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Nintendo has updated its sales numbers for the Switch, revealing that the system has now sold 132.46 million units. To put that in perspective, the Wii – Nintendo’s previous best-selling home console – sold 101.63 units during its life cycle. At this point, the Switch is only behind the DS and the PS2 on the list of the best-selling video game consoles of all time. The Switch remains more than 20 million units behind both the DS and PS2, so it’s unlikely that it will catch either as Nintendo’s next console is rumored to be out, or at least officially announced in 2024.

nintendo switch oled handheld console

The OLED model led the way as the top seller in the first six months of the company’s fiscal year by a wide margin. OLED sales came in at 4.69 million, while the standard Switch and Lite models sold 1.25 million and 0.90 million respectively. It should also be noted that Nintendo’s second quarter ended on September 30, so any likely boost due to the record-breaking sales of Super Mario Bros. Wonder hasn’t been factored in.

As part of its report, Nintendo credits the success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie as having positively affected sales of the various related titles. Perhaps that success led to Nintendo announcing that a live-action Legend of Zelda game is in the works.

Despite winding down, Nintendo still has some major potential hitters on the way for the Switch. Remakes of Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door are both likely to drive sales for the console. Not to mention, the ever-elusive Metroid Prime 4 is still in development.

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Nintendo Switch with its sleek and flawless design.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid portable and home console that aims to be the only gaming system anyone needs. The hybrid controller is an undisputed success because it provides a high degree of portable visual quality and converts easily into a home console.

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