Nintendo has given an update on its IR Information about its hardware and software sales as of September 2023, and the highlight of the new numbers is Nintendo Switch now crossed 132.46 Million lifetime sales for the company.
The current console from Nintendo has been a massive success and is now reaching 6+ years of its lifespan, and still proving to go strong. The total hardware sales for the console are 132.46 million while the total software sales for the console are already way above the billion mark, right now sitting at 1.113 billion taking in all first-party and third-party software titles that have been available for the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s second-highest console in sales numbers while the software sales as been unprecedented in its history as the billion software sales mark has not been crossed so easily in the industry, only done by Sony’s Playstation 2. For Nintendo, it is a first and for software sales, and for pure hardware numbers only the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo’s own older handheld, the Nintendo DS, is higher than the Switch.
Regardless, this sets up great prospects for the company that are surrounded by rumours about a successor console coming soon enough, so for the Switch’s legacy to be of this high calibre is certainly a grand achievement and one that Nintendo would look to take advantage of to market and push their next-gen console whenever it is announced.
There are many other sales numbers to take into account as some popular and highest-selling titles for the Switch have also had their numbers updated.
Nintendo Switch Videogame Sales Chart:
Currently, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sits at the highest podium with a massive 57.01 million pieces sold since the game came out. Nintendo’s Top Selling titles for the Switch are all first-party titles, a resounding success that only bolsters the console’s worth itself as Nintendo is known to have the best, the biggest and the most valuable franchise names in the gaming industry.
For the 2nd highest-selling title, Animal Crossing sits at 43.38 million units.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate is at 3rd with 32.44 million units sold.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the title that started Nintendo Switch’s grand success streak as a release title for the console sits at 4th place now crossing the 31.15 million unit mark.
Mario Odyssey is at 5th with 26.95 million sales.
Pokemon is the biggest franchise in the world and two of its titles sit at 6th and 7th place, the former being Pokemon Sword and Shield with 26.02 million units sold and the latest titles, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet sitting at the latter place with 23.23 million sales numbers while its DLC content has just released a few months ago, with the second part coming next month.
Super Mario Party is in 8th place with 19.66 million units sold.
The biggest release title for Nintendo for this year sits at 9th place even though the title has still not reached half a year of lifetime. It has been critically acclaimed by critics and fans alike and is being considered as one of the best sequels made. The title is none other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. It has reached 19.50 million units sold since its release on May 12th 2023. Sceptics, those who were pondering how a title would top an already grand game with the brilliant open world that was made in Breath of the Wild, were left amazed as the sequel came to expand the world and the experience of exploration and experimentation to even greater heights, and even greater depths. Of the sales numbers shared, 10 million were reached just in the first three days of the release of The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. It proves how the Zelda franchise is one of the most highly acclaimed, one of the most beloved and one of the most successful titles for Nintendo through which the company’s name sets new records for sales as well as for the visionary direction of videogame development in the industry. This singular title alone was shown to boost Nintendo Switch sales numbers during its release window in May by releasing bundles and a new Switch themed around the new Zelda title, similar to what can be said as a “mini-refresh” for the Nintendo Switch; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the release title for the Nintendo Switch and was launched on the same day, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom carried sales after a 6-year run and did so convincingly.
For the 10th place of the highest-selling Nintendo Switch titles, Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe secures its place with 16.70 million units sold. The 2D Super Mario Bros. series has also got its newest title after a very long while, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, and that game itself has been applauded by critics and fans and is looking to achieve massive success as well. This shows that Nintendo has still not slowed down in releasing newer titles for the Nintendo Switch that may verily go on to reach the highest sales numbers for the console.
Overall, many of Nintendo’s signature franchise names such as Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, Pikmin and many more have been used and have been set with great standards of videogame development by Nintendo, making them worthy names to know of by the industry and the most beloved and most wanted titles by videogame fans in the world. Nintendo’s innovation towards their many first-party titles as well as their hardware, the case of the Nintendo Switch as a dual home and handheld console merged into one, has been one of the most important points that have given Nintendo its success for the past new years and the leading charge in the gaming industry. Fans and videogame lovers around the world know of the company name and know what quality and standard comes with its many titles, and is the same case looking towards the company’s future.
All eyes are on Nintendo and their next big move going into the next year for what they have in store for their future and for their huge customer base.
For more on Nintendo and many of its current titles, check out the official Nintendo website. There are also many new Black Friday offers that come for every single version of the Nintendo Switch so if you’re one of the very few that still don’t own one, you’d be interested to check them all out.