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Nintendo's Switch is set to become the most popular console to date - outsells 3DS

Will the Switch eventually outsell the Wii and PS2?

Nintendo's Switch is set to become the most popular console to date - outsells 3DS

Nintendo's Switch is set to become the most popular console to date - outsells 3DS

Nintendo confirmed that their Switch console had sold over 79.87 million units during the company's latest financial report, outselling the company's 3DS product line, which has only sold 75.94 million units.

As of now, Nintendo's Switch console is on track to becoming the company's most popular home console of all time, having sold more units than their Wii system at this point in its life cycle. 46 months after its release, the Nintendo Wii had only sold 75 million units, placing Nintendo's Switch on track to outselling the Wii, Nintendo's most popular home consoles. 

Compared to portable gaming systems, the Switch is Nintendo's third most popular gaming handheld, with the Nintendo DS family (not including 3DS systems) selling 154 million units during its life cycle. In comparison, the Game Boy Advance sold 81.51 million units. Nintendo's Switch is due to outsell the Gameboy Advance series within the next quarter, with the Switch being unlikely to catch up to Nintendo's DS lineup.

Nintendo's Switch console has proved to be a massive success for the company, so much so that it may become more popular than the company's Wii system. That said, the console is unlikely to outsell systems like the PS2 and Nintendo's DS family, as these feats would require Nintendo to almost double their console sales. While this is not impossible, it is unlikely. 

The Switch single-handedly saved Nintendo from stagnation, following the company's unsuccessful Wii U system to merge their handheld and home gaming platforms into a single, versatile hybrid. While the console is less powerful than its peers, Nintendo has proven once again that power isn't everything, though the arrival of PS5 and Xbox Series systems will have some Nintendo fans looking for a Switch successor. 
  

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02-02-2021, 11:21:21

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I find it interesting seeing the yearly cycles on the graph. The Wii launched in November and the Switch in March, so there's an offset in the upticks on the graph. 46 months after release the Switch just passed the end of years sales period, while the Wii will only be getting into it. So the comparison of sales is a little problematic.



It seems from this like launching early in the year is a good way to get a little more sales in the long run. Launches tend to be limited by supply anyway, so releasing during the holiday season doesn't really provide more sales. Better launch early, then by the time the holidays hit production has settled and the total sales over the first year are higher.Quote
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