Nintendo has confirmed that more than 10 million units of the Nintendo Switch console have been sold worldwide. This figure comes from Nintendo’s internal sales figures, and with holiday sales still in full swing the console shows no signs of losing momentum.
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) December 12, 2017
The Nintendo Switch launched in March earlier this year, not a normal sales window for a new console. The Switch is an evolution of Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii U, in that the core controller is also a screen but games can either be played on that screen or on a television when the unit is docked.
The Switch was a make or break console for Nintendo in terms of the home console market, and their risk seems to have paid off with 10 million sales in just 9 months. To put this into perspective the Wii U sold just under 14 million units for its entire lifecycle, which the Switch is set to beat in the first year of sale.
The sales figures for the Nintendo Switch are almost identical to the PlayStation 4, which Sony recently announced has sold over 70.6 million units worldwide, including sales of the Playstation 4 Pro. This means that the PlayStation 4 is set to beat the PlayStation 3’s lifetime sales of 83.8 million soon, with a chance of approaching to the original PlayStation’s lifetime sales of 102.5 million.
With such strong sales figures from the first nine months alone the Nintendo Switch seems to be on the right track to take on the Wii’s lifetime sales figures, which sold around 26 million units in total.
The Nintendo Switch had a poor lineup of launch titles but has since been bolstered with strong releases regularly over the last nine months. At The Game Awards some exciting announcements for future games were made, such as Bayonetta 3 and re-releases of Bayonetta 1 and 2, as well as the second expansion content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. These future releases should help maintain the sales momentum the Nintendo Switch is seeing onto the next sales milestone.