Nintendo’s recovery since the launch of the Switch has made more than a few headlines and the company’s latest console can claim another milestone after the end of their 2018-19 financial year. The Switch sold 2.47 million more units in the first three months of this year, pushing its lifetime sales to 34.74 million and eclipsing the N64’s 32.93 million. At just two years old there’s a good few years more for the Switch to chase after the SNES (49.1m), NES (61.9m), Wii (101.6m), and even have a tilt at some of Nintendo’s handheld console records.
In Japan alone it now stands at 8 million consoles sold (8,000,058 to be exact), and at the relative rate it’s selling could easily surpass the cumulative 8,033,587 million PlayStation 4’s sold in the country by the end of next week, if not sooner.
There’s something to be said for setting the right expectations, and despite the strong sales over the last year, the Nintendo Switch is actually coming up short. First Nintendo forecast 20 million sales, and then had to step that back down to 17 million, but the final sales tally from 2018-19 financial year was just shy of that at 16.95 million. That’s still an incredible year, but not as good as expected.
What’s helped it keep moving is a strong lineup of exclusive games. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in particular has been a stratospheric success, selling another 1.73 million to hit 13.81 million sales in just four months and to claim the title of being the best-selling fighting game of all time – thanks to Redditor TheCrystalCave for the observation. It succeeds Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii (13.3m), with the next best selling fighter we know of being Mortal Kombat X, which NetherRealm recently revealed had managed to sell 11 million.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe added another 1.67m, to stand at 16.69 million and be one of the top 50 best-selling games of all time, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe was picked up by 3.3 million since January, explaining exactly why Nintendo spruced it up for a remaster.
So, the Switch isn’t selling quite as well as hoped, but its still selling loads and its games are flying off the shelves. If the rumours are correct, some fresh hardware revisions and lowered pricing might help give the console another big boost later this year.