Nintendo sold over 80 million Switch consoles through the end of 2020, putting it on pace to outsell the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 during the current quarter. The Switch has now sold better than all standalone Nintendo consoles save the Wii, which sold over 101 million units.
The milestone was reported as part of Nintendo’s quarterly earnings report. Confusing matters, Nintendo reports income in 9-month increments, with the firm earning a net profit of $5 billion on revenues of $13.4 billion for the last 9 months of 2020.
In any event, Nintendo reports that it sold 24 million Switches in the last nine months of 2020, 11.5 million of which sold in the fourth quarter. That places total Switch sales at north of 80 million units. So Nintendo’s newest console has now outsold the 3DS family of devices, which registered about 76 million sold. And it puts it on pace to challenge the Wii, though earlier portable Nintendo devices like the Game Boy family (119 million units) and DS family (154 million) are a bit further out of reach.
From a software perspective, Nintendo sold over 3 million units of Paper Mario: The Origami King since July and over 8.32 million units of Super Mario 3D All-Stars since July. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit and Pikmin 3 Deluxe, both released in October, saw sales of 1.08 million and 1.94 million, respectively. And Animal Crossing: New Horizons has now sold a total of 31.2 million units, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has hit a cumulative sales total of 33.4 million units.
Third-party game publishers have done well on the Switch, too. Nintendo reports that 29 titles sold over one million units during the fiscal year, with total software sales reaching 176.1 million units in the year.