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Global unit sales of Nintendo Switch console 2017-2020

Since its launch on March 3, 2017, the Nintendo Switch has sold over 70 million consoles worldwide. Following the poor sales of its predecessor, the Wii U, the Switch was seen as the new hope for Nintendo in the ongoing battle with other console giants, Xbox and PlayStation. The Switch sets itself apart from its competitors by the fact that it can be used as both a stationary console and a portable device, meaning that gamers can play from the comfort of their own homes or on the go.

Nintendo cashes in on exclusive titles

One of the key reasons for the Switch’s success is undoubtedly the popularity of Nintendo’s first-party titles. Blockbuster series such as The Legend of Zelda, Mario, and Pokémon are all exclusive to Nintendo, meaning that fans can only play their favorite games on Nintendo consoles. Unsurprisingly, these Nintendo exclusive games dominate the list of top selling Switch titles worldwide, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sitting top of the pile.

Can Nintendo keep up with Microsoft and Sony?

Thanks to the success of the Switch, Nintendo has once again been able to stake its claim as one of the big players in the console gaming market. However, Sony can still claim to be king of the consoles, with unit sales of its PlayStation 4 exceeding the 100 million mark in 2019. Microsoft’s contribution, the Xbox One, is lagging some way behind as sales of the consoles are still below 50 million units worldwide. In December 2019, the Nintendo Switch surpassed the Xbox One in terms of lifetime console sales and, with new consoles for both Sony and Microsoft in the pipeline, Nintendo will have top spot firmly in its sights.

Lifetime unit sales of the Nintendo Switch console worldwide from March 2017 to November 2020

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Release date

December 2020



Survey time period

March 2017 to November 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures for periods other than October 2020 come from previous articles.

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