With the Nintendo Switch selling over 3.19 million units last quarter, it’s pushed past another of Nintendo’s lesser performing consoles in terms of lifetime sales. Now standing at 22.86 million consoles sold, it’s passed the 21.74 million that the GameCube managed, and looks set to topple the N64’s 32.93 million by this time next year.
However, while the Switch is doing good business for the company, 3 million could also be seen as being more steady than amazing. It’s only marginally ahead of the console sales for the same period last year, though that’s perhaps more impressive when considering that the game lineup hasn’t been as strong during the summer as in the Switch’s first year.
Mario Tennis Aces hit 2.16 million and Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze managed 1.67 million, while Super Mario Party released after the end of the financial period so hasn’t been counted. Super Mario Odyssey (1.76m), Breath of the Wild (1.81m), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2.49m) and Splatoon 2 (1.45m) have been far and away the strongest sellers alongside those games, though all of these figures include bundled software.
A lot will be resting on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the typical year-ending discounts to try and push the Switch to new heights this Christmas.
Meanwhile, sales of the Nintendo 3DS have tailed off significantly, to just over 1.5 million in the first three quarters of the year. It should also be helped during the holidays with some discounting, and still has a huge install base of over 73 million sold, but it seems that the handheld’s best days are now well and truly behind it.