The Switch offered a new sales record in the last quarter of 2019. The Nintendo console sold 10.81 million copies, against 9.41 million at the end of 2018 (+ 15% ). Thanks to this performance, there are now some 52.48 million machines in circulation, which is not entirely trivial: it has thus exceeded the total of the Super NES, whose counter had stopped at 49 million copies. The Switch (Lite version included) is now the third best-selling console from Nintendo, behind the Wii (around 102 million) and its distant ancestor the NES (almost 62 million).
Not surprisingly, the Nintendo console was able to count on the success of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield to set its record. After having got off to a flying start with 6 million copies sold on the launch weekend, the two titles ended the year in cannonball, posting no less than 16 million sales as of December 31. Recall that Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Sun, holders of the saga’s best start record before that, we’re also at 16 million copies last fall, that is to say after three years of presence on the stalls. Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Super Mario Maker 2are among the other successes cited by Nintendo in 2019, “each with more than 5 million units”.
Over the first nine months of its fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020, Nintendo claims 17.74 million Switch sold (+ 22.5%), knowing that its target for the full year is set at 18 million. 123.13 million games for the console were also sold (+ 30.1%).
The arrival of the Switch Lite, on the other hand, sounded the death knell for the 3DS family. In the first nine months of the fiscal year, only 620,000 units of the portable console were sold (-73% over the year). And game sales follow the same dynamic with only 4.10 million copies sold (-63:%).