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Nintendo Switch has sold over 15 million units in North America alone

The hybrid portable and home console has surpassed 15 million sales in North America alone, proving Nintendo still has it.


Many people have been wondering if Nintendo would be able to pull itself out of the hole that it had somehow managed to find itself in. While the gaming giant has always seen a measure of success, both the Wii U and the Wii left a bit to be desired when it came to really standing out with the rest of the console offerings. With the Nintendo Switch, though, the iconic gaming company has managed to recapture the glory that has always set them apart from Sony and Microsoft.

In a press release shared yesterday evening, Nintendo revealed that the Switch has surpassed 15 million units sold in North America alone. This has made it the best selling U.S. video game console for 10 months in a row, a huge accomplishment for Nintendo. Also shared in the press release, Nintendo revealed that to date, 14 games on the Nintendo Switch have managed to sell more than 1 million units with four titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate all selling more than 6 million copies.

Nintendo Switch - Breath of the wild

When the Switch originally released, Jason Faulkner wrote in his review, “It’s easy to think of it as a mediocre console and a great handheld without taking the system as a whole into account. I think the Switch will be a gamble that pays off for Nintendo, as it looks like it's trying hard to avoid the pitfalls that sunk the Wii U. The online ecosystem, although still fledgling, is cutting out all the nonsense that make the Wii U and 3DS seem archaic. Moving to an account-based system for game purchase was also a great move by Nintendo.

It’s still too early to tell whether the Nintendo Switch will be the success Nintendo needs to cast off the stigma of the Wii U. However, it’s already shown with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that it can offer that unique Nintendo experience that other companies have chased for years. If Nintendo can continue to provide a steady stream of high-quality first-party games and attract third-party studios to fill the gaps, the Nintendo Switch will be a system that can stand proudly with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One while offering some exciting options those consoles don’t.” You can read the full review here if you’re interested.

The Switch has easily lived up to the hype and Nintendo has every right to be proud of the fantastic and unique system that it has built.

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Joshua holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and has been exploring the world of video games for as long as he can remember. He enjoys everything from large-scale RPGs to small, bite-size indie gems and everything in between.

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    October 18, 2019 10:00 AM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, Nintendo Switch has sold over 15 million units in North America alone

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      October 18, 2019 10:12 AM

      Looks like Nintendo has once again proved the neckbeards who claim every generation that they should get out of the hardware industry wrong yet again. I, for one, am shocked!

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      October 18, 2019 10:14 AM


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      October 18, 2019 10:15 AM

      Time for a new printing money meme.

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      October 18, 2019 10:17 AM

      But imagine how many more they'd sell with 4K

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        October 18, 2019 11:21 AM

        Less. They would be directly competing with Sony and MS, and selling less units.

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        October 18, 2019 11:49 AM

        I wonder…

        If all their consoles are basically the Switch going forward - like the Switch 2 is more or less identical just with better guts since technology progresses, and maybe it has 4K - is there any reason the future Switches wouldn’t be backwards compatible indefinitely?

        Game Boy Color was BC with Game Boy. Really GBC was just a tweak to existing games to give them color so the cartridge remained the same.

        Game Boy Advance was BC with GB/GBC games.

        Nintendo DS was BC with GBA games (dropped GB/GBC)

        Nintendo 3DS was BC with DS games (dropped GBA, actually the GBA was dropped in the DSi originally)

        Nintendo Wii was BC with GameCube games

        Nintendo Wii U was BC with Wii games (dropped GC)

        Switch is not BC with Wii U because it uses carts instead of discs. It’s not BC with DS/3DS because the cartridge is different and the dual screen thing wouldn’t work well anyway.

        Dollars to doughnuts the Switch 2 is BC with the Switch.

        But the cartridge is so small now that they coat it in gag reflex stuff so kids don’t swallow them. I’m not sure there’s any reason to change the cartridge size since the way solid state storage progresses they’ll just be able to fit more and more on there. So maybe every future revision of the Switch could just stay BC with everything prior.

        I guess if there’s like an architecture change in the future but they’re running 64-bit ARM processors already so I’m not sure there’s any point to changing.

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      October 18, 2019 10:39 AM

      15 million this year? Or like total?

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      October 18, 2019 11:38 AM

      i'm about to go get one with that $25 GC deal at target today

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      October 18, 2019 11:53 AM

      milleh bought 5 million of those tho

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        October 18, 2019 12:03 PM

        That’s because someone told him you have to have a new Switch for every game

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          October 18, 2019 12:04 PM

          he got caught in an infinite loop of 'i need one for the kids'

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        October 18, 2019 12:20 PM


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          October 18, 2019 12:29 PM

          2 million is still a lot dude.

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