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Nintendo Switch Lifetime Sales

Nintendo Switch Crosses 103 Million Units Sold, Surpasses Wii’s Lifetime Sales

by Wesley LeBlanc on Feb 03, 2022 at 12:15 PM

The Switch is now the third best-selling console from Nintendo after surpassing 103 million units sold. 

More specifically, in Nintendo’s latest round of quarterly results, the company revealed that 103.54 million Switch consoles have been sold. That means it has officially surpassed the Wii, which sold 101.63 million in its lifetime. Before these results, the Switch was at 92 million units sold and behind the Wii, Game Boy (118.69 million), and the DS (154.02 million). 

Nintendo’s president also revealed that the Switch is only in the middle of its lifecycle, suggesting it might be on its way to passing the Game Boy at least. The DS’ massive 154 million seems like more of a stretch but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. 

However, it seems the company is expecting 2022 to be a bit more of a struggle when it comes to selling consoles as a result of ongoing chip shortages. Back in November, Nintendo revealed that it had reduced its Switch expectations by 20%. It previously planned to ship 30 million units by March of this year but that 20% reduction brought it down to a target of 24 million. In this new round of quarterly results, though, Nintendo has lowered the target even more, as reported by Bloomberg

Nintendo is now planning to sell 23 million Switch units, which is 1 million down from its previous 24 million target. 

Regardless, the Switch’s latest sales numbers are nothing to scoff at. In fact, the Switch reached 100 million lifetime sales faster than any other console, according to Bloomberg. The Switch’s output of first-party software helped make that happen. The company released its lifetime sales for many of its first-party games and we’ve listed them below: 

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 43.35 million 
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons: 37.62 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 27.40 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 25.80 million
  5. Pokémon Sword and Shield: 23.90 million
  6. Super Mario Odyssey: 23.02 million
  7. Super Mario Party: 17.39 million
  8. Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee: 14.33 million
  9. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl: 13.97 million
  10. Ring Fit Adventure: 13.53 million

Do you think the Switch will overtake the Game Boy in units sold? Let us know in the comments below!

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