Nintendo Switch hits 89 million console units sold since launch

The console-handheld hybrid is closing in on the Wii's lifetime console sales.


The Nintendo Switch continues to be a hot item in the games industry, and Nintendo’s latest report on its quarterly results ratifies this. The Nintendo Switch has now reached a lifetime total of 89.04 million units sold, up from the previous quarter’s count of 84.59 million units.

It will be interesting to see how the sales change after the Nintendo Switch OLED model releases.

Nintendo has released its Q1 2022 earnings report on August 5, 2021. The information, available through the Investor Relations section of the site, states that some 4.45 million Nintendo Switch units were sold over the previous quarter.

The report makes certain to mention the circumstances that led to the increase in sales of the same quarter from 2020. The report reads, “Hardware and software sales in the first quarter of last fiscal year were substantially driven by the March 2020 release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so compared to then, hardware sales were down 21.7% and software sales were down 10.2% year-on-year.” The global pandemic, and the general excitement about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, were certainly a major driving force in the sales of Nintendo Switch consoles in 2020.

With the Nintendo Switch now sitting at just shy of 90 million units sold, the console-handheld hybrid is within distance of reaching the Wii’s lifetime sales figure. The Wii sits at 101.63 million units, meaning the Nintendo Switch needs 17.04 million units to be sold until it catches up to the sales figures of one of the most popular Nintendo consoles ever released.

The upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch OLED model may help bridge this gap. While some thought the OLED model would mean a higher margin for Nintendo, the company clarified that this was not the case. Despite this, the release of a new model will no doubt help drive sales, which is sure to delight shareholders.

Speaking of delighting shareholders, Nintendo also announced a $900 million USD share buyback. Make sure to stop by the Shacknews NTDOY and Nintendo page for more information on the Q1 2022 earnings report and the latest news.

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    August 5, 2021 12:40 AM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Nintendo Switch hits 89 million console units sold since launch

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      August 5, 2021 5:44 AM

      Looks like on track to break Wii sales #s after the holidays.

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        August 5, 2021 5:48 AM

        PS4 by around April

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          August 5, 2021 6:11 AM

          It won't likely ever catch the PS2 in terms of numbers (that's 155M), but having the Switch come out as the 2nd best selling console of all time would be damn impressive for Nintendo.

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      August 5, 2021 6:38 AM

      Ginny on the nextlander pod brought this up and I agree: Games exclusive to Switch in 2021 now bum me out. They are gonna be 30fps (if) and have long load times and generally play like the ancient hardware it is.

      First party stuff kind of is ok, but even Zelda chugs.

      It’s just….absolutely every other device in my home can play things at a better resolution and FPS. Even my phone. So seeing no more heroes 3 only be in switch is like eh…..maybe it’ll come out elsewhere later?

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        August 5, 2021 6:38 AM


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        August 5, 2021 6:42 AM

        Similar feelings, got a new PC and a 3070, I played hollow knight on swiych loved it, was going to get sequel on switch,but now....I could play it on my big monitor and pc...

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        August 5, 2021 7:34 AM

        Hopefully Nintendo has had the Pro or Switch 2 in mind this whole time with its design specs so game will scale with the next chip after Tegra X1, or whatever it ends up being. I'm kind of hoping it works that way so BotW would automatically get a rez and fps bump. Rez should be automatic since most games do dynamic resolution adjustment automatically. The unknown is if they set res caps unless they read the system hardware at start just incase there is a 4k bump later. It's all a bit of daydreaming, but in terms of how the PC works, it's not impossible that Nintendo had this thought all along.

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          August 5, 2021 7:38 AM

          I was ok with the DS or Wii being underpowered because they offered unique gaming play styles with their hardware, but the switch plays exactly like the other consoles so I find it’s old ass tech limitations to be more bothersome

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            August 5, 2021 8:48 AM

            This is how I've been feeling lately. I think partially because I'm at home so much more than I was in 2017-2019 so the portable aspect isn't as useful as it once was. Contrast to the Wii U which provided an experience that couldn't be replicated by my PC with the second screen and asymmetric couch multiplayer games.

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        August 5, 2021 8:42 AM

        If games are designed for the hardware, I don't see the problem.

        Like Mario Odyssey was good when it came our, and it's good now. It didn't suddenly become not good because the PS5 came out

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        August 5, 2021 8:44 AM

        Not Nintendo games though.

        They still largely target 60fps.

        I do agree with the load times and general feel though - compared to the new consoles or a decent PC it's starting to feel rough.

        Once you're in a game like Bowser's Fury it's a great experience though (while docked).

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        August 5, 2021 8:45 AM

        The past year has been a shitty one for the switch, it's just collecting dust now. Mildly tempted to sell it.

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          August 5, 2021 9:56 AM

          I’ve played the hell outta hades on it this year. But first party titles have been kinda meh.

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      August 5, 2021 8:47 AM

      Best retro jrpg system on the market right now, but for portable jrpgs, it's still no DS.

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