Nintendo Switch crushes Wii as sales surpass 100 million – CNET


The combined sales of Nintendo’s Switch Lite, original Switch and OLED Switch make it the company’s most successful home console.

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Nintendo has sold 103.54 million Switches since its 2017 launch, the Japanese company’s quarterly earnings report revealed Thursday. That brings the hybrid console beyond the lifetime sales of the Nintendo Wii (101.63 million) and the original Sony PlayStation (102.49 million).

It’s now Nintendo’s most popular home console, and third best-selling overall – Sony’s PS2 is the most successful with sales of 155 million and the PS4 has sold 116.6 million so far. 

However, it has a ways to go to become Nintendo’s most successful gaming device, since the DS towers above with 154.02 million lifetime sales. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color also had combined sales of 118.69 million.

The Switch seemingly has plenty of time to catch up, since Nintendo boss Shuntaro Furukawa noted that the console “is at the mid-point of its lifecycle” due to the multiple models available.

“We believe a foundation for growth has been laid that exceeds what we previously considered to be a conventional hardware lifecycle,” he said in a briefing.

A more detailed breakdown shows that, of the 103.54 million Switches sold, the standard version of the console made up 81.68 million units, the portable-only Switch Lite (which launched in 2019) sold 17.87 million units and the OLED model (which came out last October) has sold 3.99 million units.

The Switch’s sales were also hampered by production challenges created by the global chip shortage, with Nintendo previously cutting 2021 its Switch sales forecast for 2021 by 1.5 million consoles.

Mario Kart 8 remains the top selling Switch game, with 43.35 million copies sold, followed by Animal Crossing: New Horizons (37.62 million) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (27.40 million).

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