Nintendo Switch sales surpass two of the biggest consoles in history

Nintendo financial results

Information shared via Nintendo’s third quarter 2021 financial report revealed the staggering success of Switch.

Nintendo, the venerable Japanese gaming giant, has released its financial statistics for the third quarter of 2021. We can view the sales of Nintendo’s consoles, games, and other items in the last quarter thanks to this, in which the Nintendo Switch reached a historic milestone.

The Nintendo Switch surpasses two titans

From October 1 to December 31, more than 10.67 million Switch units were sold, according to the financial report. Nintendo Switch stands at 103.5 million units worldwide. It has now outsold both the Wii family of consoles and Sony’s venerable original PlayStation in terms of lifetime sales.

Nintendo financial results

This is also the first time we have official distribution statistics for the current generation’s third model, the Nintendo Switch OLED Model, which has been available since October. From October through December, this model with its seven-inch OLED display as well as various other upgrades, sold a total of 3.99 million devices.

Thus, the breakdown looks like this. The standard Nintendo Switch accounts for 78.89 percent of sales, while the Nintendo Switch light accounts for 17.27 percent. Meanwhile, the new Nintendo Switch OLED accounts for 3.85 percent.

The strongest series include Mario, Zelda, and Pokémon

During the third quarter, the Japanese firm sold 85.41 million video games, bringing the total number of titles sold to 766.41 million since its inception.

Nintendo financial results

One of the most significant contrasts between the Nintendo Switch and other Nintendo systems is that the Switch does not rely on a small number of titles but rather has an evergreen library. As a result, the system provides stable game sales over time without the requirement to get titles from prominent franchises on a regular basis.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as expected, is the game that has sold the most copies in the third quarter. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which has also become the franchise’s best-selling title in history, is just behind it. Games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Pokémon Sword/Shield are next on the list. This Pokémon iteration has also become the second best-selling game in history, after only Pokémon Red/Green/Blue from 1996.

The data for Q4 has yet to be provided, and it will be available before the summer. We’ll be keeping a watch on the Switch’s future to see whether it sets any new gaming records.

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