The Nintendo Switch Has Hit A Massive Milestone In 2021

The console has reached $103.54 million sales and has outsold the Wii and PS1.

The Nintendo Switch has been setting records since its release in 2017. Nintendo’s handheld has surpassed sales records set by giants like PlayStation and the Xbox. The Switch has exceeded every expectation during its lifetime. And, the console is still reaching huge milestones five years into its lifetime. 

The Nintendo Switch surpassed total unit sales of 100 million. The Switch has reached lifetime sales of 103.54 million units. These figures are from Nintendo’s 3rd Quarter report of the year 2021. So, as of December 31, 2021, the console has officially sold 103 Million units.

The Nintendo Switch Has Hit A Massive Milestone In 2021
Nintendo Switch Hardware cumulative sell-through.

This milestone is enormous when compared to some other consoles. The Switch has officially exceeded the sales of the Wii and the PS1. Both of these consoles sold 101.63 Million and 102.49 Million, respectively. So, the handheld has surpassed their lifetime sales. This info comes from Danial Ahmad, who mentioned this in a tweet.

Nintendo Switch has also reached the 100 Million mark faster than most other consoles. It got to the 100M milestone quicker than the PS4 and the Wii. The Nintendo DS arrived at the 100 million point faster than the Switch. So, Nintendo has the top two consoles in the 100 million race. This is an excellent achievement for the company.

This speed indicates how the console is still selling in heaps so many years after its release. The consistent sales of the Switch is most probably the reason Nintendo hasn’t released a follow-up. And, seeing such sales, it’s easy to understand why they made such a decision.

The Nintendo Software and its titles are also performing competently. The software has reached lifetime sales of 766.41 million units. First-party titles are also doing well, with Mario Kart 8 selling over 50 million copies. It is also available on the Wii, but it only sold about 8 million copies. So, the Switch is also pushing Nintendo titles to huge sale numbers.

The recent success of the Switch is also shown by the sales of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/ Shining Pearl. The game was only launched last year and sold 14 million units. So, the Switch and its titles show no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Five years into its lifespan, such massive sales tell you everything about the Switch. The modern handheld has beaten classic and newer consoles in sale numbers. If this performance is anything to go by, it will continue to break records in the coming years. Hence, the future of the Switch and Nintendo is looking exciting.

Ahmed Mansoor

Your average video games enjoyer with a deep passion for single-player adventures who writes about his favorite hobby.