The hype surrounding the Nintendo Switch may have tapered off a bit in 2018, but the hybrid console has continued to sell well throughout the year and has now hit a new milestone.
According to a Nintendo earnings report, the Switch has sold more than 5 million units over the last six months, bringing its total to nearly 23 million units sold since its launch in March of last year. This means that the Switch has now almost doubles the sales of the Wii U and has officially overtaken the GameCube’s lifetime figure of 21.74 million units.
In terms of software performance, three Switch games have now sold more than 10 million units to date. Super Mario Odyssey is the leader at 12 million, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend off Zelda: Breath of the Wild have sold 11 million and 10.3 million units, respectively. Overall, approximately 42 million copies of Switch software have been sold, giving the console an attach rate of two games for every Switch owner.
Nintendo’s 2018 release lineup has been a bit subdued compared to 2017, but Mario Tennis Aces managed to sell more than 2 million copies, while Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze sold over 1.5 million. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is positioned to be the biggest Switch game of the year and will more than likely perform as well, if not better than the console’s best-selling titles.
The next Nintendo console the Switch is likely to surpass is the Nintendo 64, which has lifetime sales of 32.93 million units.
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The 25 Best-Selling Consoles Of All Time
With the Nintendo Switch recently becoming the fastest-selling video game console of all time in North America, we decided to take a look at which consoles have sold the most units. Video games have come a long way since the early days of dedicated Pong consoles and early arcade machines; the are now far more complex, with rich and engaging storylines, addictive gameplay, and ever-improving controls that give the player a growing sense of immersion. In essence, gaming has grown from a niche hobby for the youth of the 70s and 80s to a mainstream, $30 billion industry. Here are 25 of the best-selling consoles of all time, ranked by units sold worldwide.
Units Sold: 10 Million
Known as the PC Engine in Japan and originally released in 1987, the re-branded TurboGrafx was released in North America in 1989. The console was originally designed to compete with the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, but ended up right in the middle of the 16-bit console wars between the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis.
Unfortunately, the TurboGrafx-16 failed to find a foothold in North America due to stiff competition from the graphically superior and heavily marketed SNES and Genesis. While the PC Engine sold well in Japan, the TG-16 was a failure in North America selling somewhere around 4 million units.