Earlier this week, the NPD predicted the Switch would be the best-selling console this holiday season in the US.
The device is apparently in high-demand – with households expected to pick up “multiple” units in the fourth quarter. Adding to this is the lack of available inventory of new PlayStation and Xbox systems, which will supposedly leave the Switch as an appealing and “available” option.
If you weren’t already convinced the Switch’s success is set to continue, in addition to this, it’s now been highlighted that the hybrid system has been the best-selling console hardware in this location for 22 consecutive months straight. That dates all the way back to December 2018, around the time Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released.
It seems this is actually a new record as well. The previous record holder was Microsoft’s console, the Xbox 360 – which was the best-selling console for 21 months (August 2011 – April 2013).
NPD’s industry analyst, Mat Piscatella, notes how the Switch is “selling at or above levels never seen before in the US”. To date, the Switch has sold more than 62 million units worldwide and back in August, it surpassed lifetime sales of the NES.
How long do you think the Switch can maintain this momentum for? Share your thoughts down below.
When he’s not paying off a loan to Tom Nook, Liam likes to report on the latest Nintendo news and admire his library of video games. His favourite Nintendo character used to be a guitar-playing dog, but nowadays he prefers to hang out with Judd the cat.
Its success is well deserved as it really is a great system. Probably my favourite ever at this point.
Edit: Honestly you could switch out Nintendo Switch with Bread and I wouldn’t tell the difference.
“I love playing on my Bread! It has [insert clever bread puns of Nintendo Franchises here]!”
And I am one of those proud Nintendo Switch owners as well! This might be my favorite Nintendo console so far!
People scoffed at the idea that the Switch would pass the Wii in total sales, but it’s looking like it should pass it with ease.
This is really impressive, and I can’t say I’m surprised. It’s an amazing console and appeals to people of all ages. It’s becoming one of my favorites ever.
I’m curious how it’ll do next month when the new consoles arrive. Obviously those are gonna sell like crazy given how pre orders are all but impossible to find right now, but I wonder if either console will have enough supply to beat out the Switch at this point. I’d imagine their supply issues will greatly hamstring their ability to make sales, but maybe the Switch will get bumped off the top.
Thanks to the scalpers buying all the new stock and then selling it on ebay for $400..
The sky is the limit for sales on this thing if Nintendo keeps supporting it. Even early next gen, Nintendo will continue to have an advantage over the competition with mostly cheaper hardware (pretty crazy to think the Series S will cost the same as a Switch) and a huge, ever-expanding library filled with killer exclusives.
@roboshort over 100 Million is still far away. It depends on when the next Nintendo system will come out.
@infernogott Since Nintendo themselves have confirmed that we are at the midpoint of the Switch’s lifecycle, it should have no problems crossing 100 million units sold.
@infernogott I think we’ll still be a fair way off their next system. Wouldn’t surprise me if we get an improved model of the Switch before then, which would only help to boost hardware sales further.
This has happened by combining to seperate consoles together and getting one total. A handheld and a home (I need a TV) console.
I’ve come away from this article more impressed with the 360, 2 years as the best selling console and this was well after the Wii and ps3 were out. I mean I knew the switch was selling well, but the system it beat didn’t even register to me, I thought it would have been the Wii.
Did they ever say if PS5 has any way of going handheld cause i think a large part of switches appeal is the take it anywhere thing. At this point people don’t care how many terraflops it has. They wanna know if they can play it on the toilet, the bus or the airport.
@Zeldafan79 There are still a lot of people who do just want the best dedicated home console experience possible. Plenty of room in the market for both to coexist and have success which is a good thing.
And y’all were saying this would be a slow year for Nintendo 😅 All they needed was Animal Crossing!
Even though the Nintendo Switch is killing it for sales it’s limited communications, and it’s lack of power still puts it odds with EA, Activision and Ubisoft’s business models. Which is to make games designed for high end PC specs loaded with loot boxes and microtransactions.
This is probably why for the last two generations Call of Duty was on every platform except smart toasters and the Switch generation they totally snubbed it. Because CoD is now a trojan horse for Season Passes and Battle Royal.
EA never coded their Frostbyte engine to work with Switch and now is struggling to get anything to work. Their best effort is xbox 360 era titles and super gimped FIFA.
Ubisoft has brought some kid friendly titles but even though they are chummy with Nintendo we still don’t have any Tom Clancy shooters, no Division, no newer AC games.
So until Nintendo proves to those companies they are loosing money not releasing on Nintendo Switch we will always be at a lost for 3rd party titles.
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