Despite the fact that Nintendo sold a record number of 9.41 million Switch consoles during the past holiday quarter, the company had to backpedal on its ambitious goal of selling 20 million units of its newest game console this fiscal year. In the first nine months of Nintendo’s financial year (which ends March 31), the company moved 14.49 million units of the Switch and is now aiming to bring that total to at least 17 million by the end of March.
That little setback notwithstanding, the Switch continues to be a major success for Nintendo after its previous generation console, the Wii U had flopped miserably. As our chart shows, Nintendo had already sold more than 32 million Switch systems by the end of 2018, leaving the Wii U and the GameCube far behind. By now, the Switch may very well be the fourth most successful home console in Nintendo’s history, considering that it only trailed the Nintendo 64 by 650,000 units at the end of the year.
Nintendo’s strong holiday sales were boosted by a powerful line-up of platform-exclusive games released between October and December. “Super Mario Party” (5.3 million units), “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!” (10 million) and “Super Smash Bos. Ultimate” (12.08 million units) helped push Nintendo’s total software sales to more than 50 million units for the three months ending December 31.