Despite the fact that Nintendo sold a record number of 9.41 million Switch consoles during the 2018 holiday quarter and continued to see healthy demand for the portable home console in the first three months of 2019, the company missed its ambitious goal of selling 20 million units of its latest game console this fiscal year. In the twelve months ending March 31, Nintendo
moved 16.95 million units of the Switch, beating the previous fiscal year's total by 1.9 million.
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 has already sold more than 34 million Switch systems, leaving the Wii U and the GameCube far behind. Between January and March 31, the Switch also surpassed the Nintendo 64 in terms of lifetime sales, making it the fourth most popular home console in Nintendo's long history.
If the company can keep the current momentum going, the Switch could even surpass the Super Nintendo within the next year or so. The iconic 16-bit console, originally released in 1990, was sold 49 million times during its lifespan, leading the Nintendo Switch by 14 million units.