Nintendo has just announced in a financial report to investors that, the Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo Switch Lite has sold over 55.7 million units around the world since its launch on 2017. The Switch is now in the top three best selling consoles from Nintendo.
After the disappointing sales of the Wii U, the Japanese tech giant knew, that a more conservative strategy was needed to save the company, executives wisely thought on portability as the priority for the new generation of Nintendo’s gaming platform. Taking a look at the top five best selling from Nintendo consoles we find, Nintendo DS on the first place with 154.02 million units sold followed by the GameBoy, the third place belongs to the 3DS. The Switch lies on the fifth place closing the gap on the NES which still remains as the fourth best hardware made by Nintendo.
As of March 31st, the Nintendo Switch has sold 55.77 million units worldwide. In addition, 356.24 million software units have been sold worldwide.
Unlike the DS and 3DS, the Switch is capable of delivering full HD graphics and it is not short on AAA titles, as the best selling games for the system makes a library of games that any Xbox or PlayStation fan would love to see on their consoles.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 24.77 million units
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 18.84 million units
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 17.41 million units
- Super Mario Odyssey – 17.41 million units
- Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield – 17.37 million units
- Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 11.97 million units
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 11.77 million units
- Splatoon 2 – 10.13 million units
- Super Mario Party – 10.10 million units
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 6.60 million units
Nintendo found on COVID-19 an almost impossible obstacle to surpass in order to meet their ambitions, but the latest information from insiders suggest that the worst has been put in the past, and Nintendo has ordered their manufactures to ramp up production by a 10 percent.
While information directly from Nintendo’s HQ sounds great for the future of the company, there are other indicatives that shows that Nintendo’s aim for portable gaming might not be enough in order to compete with the next-gen consoles. Surely, next gen consoles might have a slow start due to COVID-19 and while truly next gen games arrive, some fans fears that if Nintendo does not designs an enhanced, more powerful version of the Switch, they may be crushed by Sony.
There is also the lack of a streaming service from Nintendo may cost them troubles later on suggest by the financial times. Xbox Boss Phil Spencer also stated he is not worried by either Sony or Nintendo, he sees the future of the gaming industry taken by either one of Xbox, Google or Amazon.
Nintendo boss Shuntaro Furukawa has suggested that Switch’s niche market allows Nintendo to not worry about what’s being done at Xbox and Sony.