Following the disastrous spell of the Wii U, which ended in its early retirement, Nintendo took a huge gamble with its follow-up console, the Nintendo Switch. Once again, the company didn't try to copy the successful recipe of Microsoft's Xbox or Sony's PlayStation business, but went with its own approach instead.
Roughly 15 months after the Switch's release in March 2017, it can safely be said that the gamble to make the Switch a hybrid between home and handheld console paid off. No other Nintendo console had a better start in the United States and with almost 20 million units sold, the Switch is already closing in on the GameCube and Nintendo 64
, which it will likely surpass within the next year.
As our chart illustrates, Nintendo successfully bounced back from its first major drought thanks to the Switch. In the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2018, the company sold 21.5 million units of hardware, which is roughly in line with the company's annual sales in the late 1990s and early 2000s.