Last Updated on December 23, 2019 by Danielle
Nintendo’s hybrid console nears 20 million units sold worldwide since launch. But can Switch keep the momentum going?
Nintendo recently announced that it has sold 19.67 million hybrid consoles worldwide through June 30th, 2018 in its latest financial earnings report. Nintendo’s profit soared to $275 million, an 88 percent increase YOY. In April, we reported Switch lifetime sales had reached 17.79 million units. A strong lineup of games has contributed to the Switch’s strong results thus far.
Analysts are predicting that the Switch will be the hottest selling console this year thanks in part to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Switch. However, other analysts note that in order for Nintendo to keep the momentum going strong it will need to bolster its lineup with more games.
In addition to Smash it also has Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee, and Super Mario Party but it realistically needs more to drive sales and achieve its ambitious goals. However, Nintendo stated earlier this year that it has a few tricks up its sleeve and hasn’t fully released its full slate of games for 2018. So fans can look forward to those announcements in the weeks ahead. We’re hoping it has a few solid surprises up its sleeve.
Diving deeper into first quarter 2018 sales – the Switch sold 1.88 M Switches versus 1.97 M units in 2017. While console sales have dipped, game sales have skyrocketed. According to reports, Nintendo has shipped 17.96 million software units, an increase of 120 percent year-over-year.
Interestingly, Both Mario Tennis Aces and Nintendo Labo, Nintendo’s STEM kit, have achieved over a million in sales.
Meanwhile, the NES Classic Edition has sold another 1.26 million units, while the Nintendo 3DS sold 360,000 mobile systems. And its main rival the PlayStation 4 has topped 80 million units sold, selling 82.2 million units worldwide. In fact, it’s nearing the lifetime numbers of the PS3, which sold 84 million units. The PlayStation 2 is the best-selling console ever with over 155 million units sold.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of Nintendo’s best-selling first-party software on Nintendo Switch:
1. Super Mario Odyssey – 11.17 Million
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 10.35 Million
3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 9.32 Million
4. Splatoon 2 – 6.76 Million
5. 1-2 Switch – 2.45 Million
6. ARMS – 2.01 Million
7. Kirby: Star Allies – 1.89 Million
8. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 1.42 Million
9. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – 1.40 Million
10. Mario Tennis Aces – 1.38 Million