As part of a stellar quarterly earnings report today, Nintendo announced that it has sold 15.1 million Switch consoles in its first year in the market.
Nintendo had originally expected to sell 10 million Switch units in the first year, but it revised its estimates twice as sales proved to be stronger than expected. The 15.1 million figure just edges past its most recent prediction, which was 15 million.
And it’s not just the hardware that’s selling: Some key Nintendo software titles for the Switch are blockbusters in their own rights. Nintendo sold 10.4 million copies of Super Mario Odyssey, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hit 9.22 million units.
Overall, Nintendo and its partners sold 63.51 million Switch games in the first year. And 12 of them sold in excess of one million units.
That the Switch is a worldwide success story is clear. This hybrid console, which can be used as a portable gaming device or a living room-based set-top box, has upended the video game market and relegated Microsoft’s Xbox One to a distant number three.
That said, the Switch trails the PlayStation 4 by a wide margin: In calendar year 2017, Sony sold over 20 million PS4s.
<blockquote><a href="#266217"><em>In reply to CalWorthington:</em></a></blockquote><p>"Switch actually has new original firstparty content"</p><p><br></p><p>And that is basically all it has really. If you really dig version 9+ of the Nintendo games (Mario/Zelda etc) then Switch is for you. If you want to play Multi-Platform games, which 98% of console games are, then the Switch should be you absolute last choice.</p><p><br></p><p>The Switch is for Nintendo game fans. Yes it does get some 3rd party titles but way less than any other platform and because of its weak hardware the worst versions of those 3rd party games.</p><p><br></p><p>I have said it before, the exclusive console game argument is old and stale. The vast majority of console gamers buy consoles based on what their friends are on, so they can play Multi-Platform MP games with those friends.</p><p><br></p><p>I do have a PS4 and a Xbox One X. I did buy the PS4, used, to play a few game titles, really just "MLB The Show". I have bought a few other games when they were on sale, all of them exclusives. I play all of Multi-Platform games on the Xbox. I have ZERO interest in Nintendo games and ZERO interest in playing the worst possible console version of Multi-platform games on a Switch.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#266228"><em>In reply to hbdb:</em></a></blockquote><p>Same age and I have absolutely no interest in a Switch. </p><p><br></p><p>I have a 4K TV and a Apple 4K TV to watch content in the best possible way and I like my gaming the same way. Playing Ghost Recon Wildlands on the Xbox One X on a 65inch 4K LG with HDR is an amazing experience. AC Origins is amazing as well.</p><p><br></p><p>Plug a Switch in that TV and if by some miracle they ported either of those games to the Switch, it would look like someone smeared vaseline mixed with oatmeal on the screen during game play. No thanks I will pass.</p>