The immense success of the Nintendo Switch visualised
According to Japanese giant Nintendo, its Switch console has just hit near-37 million units sold worldwide. This figure makes it one of the bestselling consoles of all time despite its immensely short life so far. Here’s its success visualised.
Nintendo recently announced the 2017-released console’s worldwide sales figures. The worldwide figure clocks in at a whopping 36.87 million units as of June 30 2019.
This means the console has already sold more than double what the Wii U did (13.56 million). It also means that the Switch has sold almost as many units as the Xbox One (41 million) which had a four-year head start over the plucky Nintendo hybrid console.
In fact, if all the owners of a Nintendo Switch were put in one place, it would become the second most populated city on Earth, comprised of more people than the entire population of India’s Delhi (29 million). The only city it loses to, ironically, would be Tokyo’s 37.4 million according to the World Population Review.
To put it another staggering way, the Switch first officially launched on March 3 2017 and with sales of almost 37 million, that would mean that a Nintendo Switch is sold around every two seconds of every single day for over two years.
The Japanese gaming company has also revealed that the Switch has been the most popular console in the US for 10 months in a row. It also announced that 14 titles has now sold more than 1 million copies each, with four in-house titles — Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Mario Odyssey — selling more than 6 million units each.
The Switch is invariably a big success for Nintendo after the flop that was its Wii U. The Switch is still far, far behind the handful of top performing consoles. The Nintendo DS for example sold 154 million units, the Wii sold 101 million and the Playstation 4 has already sold 100 million in its 6 year run.
Nintendo has also recently launched the Switch Lite, a stripped back version of the console which comes in at a lower price.
The Nintendo Switch flipped the games console industry on its head, offering what is now dubbed as a hybrid console. This was a concept the Wii U dabbled with and eventually failed at achieving. The Switch works as a console which can both be hooked up to your TV with an HDMI, as well as being used as a conventional portable console on the dedicated tablet-like device.
Well done Nintendo.