After the Wii U, the more recent Nintendo cycle of so-so selling console/great selling console continues with the runaway success of the Switch.
Since its launch in March this year, the Switch has clocked up 4.7 million sales – and that figure would be much higher if they’d have had enough stock to satiate demand. Just last week we saw photos of literally thousands of Japanese gamers eagerly lining up around the block to enter a raffle for a chance to buy one of only 250 which one store managed to get their hands upon. Wow!
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To put this figure into perspective, the Wii U, which debuted in 2012, only managed to sell 13.6 million units in five years. We’re anything but maths geniuses, but if the Switch continues to sell at its current rate it will outsell the Wii U within a year. Erm, we think.
If you’re interested, here are the current sales figures for all Nintendo consoles. The two in bold with little stars at the end are current generation, so not final figures.
DS – 154.02 million
Game Boy – 118.69 million
Wii – 101.63 million
Game Boy Advance – 81.51 million
3DS – 67.08 million*
NES – 61.91 million
Super NES – 49.10 million
Nintendo 64 – 32.93 million
GameCube – 21.74 million
Wii U – 13.6 million
Switch – 4.7 million*
As for Switch software, launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has found a home with 3.92 million of those 4.7 million consoles, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling 3.54 million. New I.P. ARMS has had a solid start with 1.18 million sales, while shiny new release Splatoon 2 is going gangbusters worldwide.
Luckily currently we have no shortage of Switch units in Australia, so if you’re keen on grabbing the brilliant hybrid home/portable console, it could be a good time to invest. JB Hi-Fi is your friend!