Nintendo Sells 15 Million Switch Consoles in First Year

Posted on April 26, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Games with 20 Comments

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.


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