Nintendo Switch sales are reaching incredible numbers. The recent information from Ampere Analysis estimates the Nintendo Switch stands alone as the best-selling console of all time. The quarterly sales for Q1 of 2021 compared to Q1 2020 increased by 12%.
Sales for the week of May 2nd through May 8th come in at a whopping 393,370 units sold. In the full lifetime of the Switch, it is estimated that 85.27 million units have sold. Find the consolidated hardware and software sales graph from Nintendo below.
One of the largest appeals of the Nintendo Switch console is that it is family-friendly. The Switch is easily playable for children and makes a wonderful gift. In a recent Q & A, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa stated that “the household demand for multiple systems accounted for roughly 20% of unit sales of the Nintendo Switch systems.” Many console sales belonged to households that already owned a unit.
An additional reason behind the impressive sales figures can be linked to exclusive games available on the Switch. Some titles include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Smash Bros, and several others that are highly rated among fans and critics alike.
In comparison with competitors, the Switch blew them out of the water. Sony came in second with the PlayStation 5. They estimated PS5 sales at 180,294 for the same May 8th time period. Their lifetime sales are estimated at 8.22 million units sold. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 33,020 units.
Next, the Xbox Series X had an estimated 88,140 units sold. Their lifetime sales totaled close to 4.9 million units sold.
The Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine have undoubtedly played a part in the surge of video gaming consoles. The demand for products remains steady while Sony and Microsoft continue to suffer from supply constraints and availability for consumers.