Nintendo Switch sales reached 85.7 million units

As one of the most popular consoles in the world, Nintendo Switch has witnessed an influx of new players and fans since its release in 2017.

According to the data presented by, Nintendo Switch sales increased by 50% in a year, reaching 85.7 million lifetime sales as of May.

Over 26 million Nintendo Switch consoles sold annually

Following the disappointing sales of its predecessor, the Wii U, the Switch was seen as Nintendo’s new hope in the ongoing battle with other console giants, the PlayStation and the Xbox. Consoles, which act as both portable console systems and home console systems and provide a seamless and unified experience to switch between them, quickly became popular in the gaming community.

A year after its launch in March 2017, Nintendo Switch recorded sales of 15.5 million units worldwide, revealing data from Statista and VGChartz. Over the next two years, we witnessed an influx of new fans, with lifetime sales reaching 49.8 million units in December 2019.

However, due to the explosive expansion of the entire gaming industry during the blockade, Nintendo sold about 10 million switch units in the first half of 2020 alone. Since then, demand has continued to skyrocket, with more than 26 million Nintendo Switch consoles sold last year.

Compared to other best-selling consoles, Nintendo Switch’s lifetime sales are significantly lower than the 115.6 million PS4 units sold so far. However, statistics show that Nintendo Switch sold more than Xbox One’s 35.6 million units, with lifetime sales reaching 50.1 million units this month.

North America generates one-third of total sales

Geographically, North America is the main region for Nintendo Switch, with 32.1 million units sold as of May. This was followed by Europe and Japan with 22.2 million and 19.9 million, respectively.

One of the main reasons for Switch’s success is the popularity of Nintendo’s first-party titles. The blockbuster series such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokemon are exclusively for Nintendo. In other words, fans can only play on the Nintendo console.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was ranked among the top sellers of Nintendo Switch games with sales of 35.4 million units as of March. Animal Crossing: New Horizons ranked second with total sales of 32.6 million. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Pokemon Sword / Pokemon Shield follow, with sales of 23.8 million, 22.2 million, and 21.1 million, respectively.

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Nintendo Switch Sales Reach 85.7M Sold Units

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