In just 2 and a half years, the Nintendo Switch has already proven itself as one of Nintendo’s more successful consoles, selling 41.67 million units, since its release back in March of 2017. The handheld/console hybrid had already overtaken the Wii U, GameCube, and Nintendo 64, and is currently nipping at the heels of the SNES.
It was clear from the very beginning of the release of the Nintendo Switch, that the console was going to be a big seller. It seems like that initial momentum however has no intention of slowing down. Nintendo recently released its fiscal report for the Second Quarter of 2019, and the results are very positive for the Japanese gaming giant.
The console in only 2 and a half years has sold 41.67 units, which is 3 times more than the Wii U’s 13.56 million, is almost double the GameCube’s 21.74 million units, and also overtook the Nintendo 64’s 32.93 million back in April of this year. Having sold 6.93 million Switch consoles this fiscal year so far, the Switch is likely to overtake the SNES’ 49.1 million units sold, by the end of the fiscal year – putting it comfortably in 3rd place for Nintendo’s home consoles.
This success is certainly being aided by the recent release of the Switch Lite which, in just 10 days of trading, sold 1.95 million units. The release of the Nintendo Switch Lite is likely to boost the console’s sales even further, allowing it to overtake the SNES even faster, perhaps by the end of the next Quarter.
With the PlayStation 4 recently becoming the second highest selling home console of all time, with 102.8 million units sold in 6 years, it’ll be interesting to see where the Switch will end up by the time it reaches its 6th year. At the rate it’s currently performing, the Nintendo Switch could certainly end up as one of the best selling home consoles of all time, by the time it reaches its end-of-life.
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