The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s ninth generation hybrid console, succeeding both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. The system launched in early 2017. The main features are its capacitive screen, detachable wireless motion controllers and it’s charging dock converter which will output the tablet’s picture to a display via an HDMI cable (Switch Lite lacks the detachable controls and ability to be displayed on a separate display)

Hardware sales figures[edit | edit source]

Shipments[edit | edit source]

Switch Shipment figures (combined models, based on official financial reports)
Date Sales (millions) Source
Americas Japan Europe Other Quarterly Total
Quarter 4
(ending Mar 31, 2017)
1.20 0.60 0.94 2.74 2.74 [1]
2017 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2017)
1.20 0.60 0.94 2.74 2.74 [1]
Quarter 1
(ending Jun 30, 2017)
0.75 0.52 0.69 1.97 4.70 [2]
Quarter 2
(ending Sep 30, 2017)
1.17 0.83 0.93 2.93 7.63 [3]
Quarter 3
(ending Dec 31, 2017)
2.82 1.77 2.64 7.23 14.86 [4]
Quarter 4

(ending Mar 31, 2018)

1.20 0.66 1.07 2.93 17.79 [5]
2018 fiscal year sales
(as of Mar 31, 2018)
5.94 3.78 5.33 15.05 17.79 [4][6]
Quarter 1
(ending Jun 30, 2018)
0.67 0.50 0.31 0.40 1.88 19.67 [7][8]
Quarter 2
(ending Sep 30, 2018)
1.33 0.64 0.88 0.34 3.19 22.86 [9][10]
Quarter 3
(ending Dec 31, 2018)
3.80 2.22 2.77 0.63 9.41 32.27 [11][12]
Quarter 4
(ending Mar 31, 2019)
1.07 0.49 0.59 0.32 2.47 34.74 [13][14]
2019 fiscal year sales
(as of Mar 31, 2019)
6.88 3.85 4.55 1.69 16.95 34.74 [13][14]
Quarter 1

(ending Jun 30, 2019)

0.82 0.53 0.50 0.28 2.13 36.87 [8]
Quarter 2

(ending Sep 30, 2019)

1.81 1.24 1.27 0.48 4.80 41.67 [10]
Quarter 3

(ending Dec 31, 2019)

4.22 2.42 3.02 1.16 10.81 52.48 [12]
Quarter 4

(ending Mar 31, 2020)

1.26 1.02 0.55 0.45 3.29 55.77 [14]
2020 fiscal year sales
(as of Mar 31, 2020)
8.11 5.21 5.34 2.37 21.03 55.77 [14]
Quarter 1

(ending Jun 30, 2020)

1.99 1.15 1.61 0.92 5.68 61.44 [15]
Quarter 2

(ending Sep 30, 2020)

2.47 1.58 1.70 1.12 6.85 68.30 [16]
Quarter 3

(ending Dec 31, 2020)

4.59 2.71 2.97 1.29 11.57 79.87 [17]
Total sales
(ending Sep 30, 2020)
31.17 18.88 20.70 9.11 79.87

[17]

Switch Shipment figures (Base Switch Model, based on official financial reports)
Date Sales (millions) Source
Americas Japan Europe Other Quarterly Total
Quarter 4
(ending Mar 31, 2017)
1.20 0.60 0.94 2.74 2.74 [1]
2017 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2017)
1.20 0.60 0.94 2.74 2.74 [1]
Quarter 1
(ending Jun 30, 2017)
0.75 0.52 0.69 1.97 4.70 [2]
Quarter 2
(ending Sep 30, 2017)
1.17 0.83 0.93 2.93 7.63 [3]
Quarter 3
(ending Dec 31, 2017)
2.82 1.77 2.64 7.23 14.86 [4]
Quarter 4

(ending Mar 31, 2018)

1.20 0.66 1.07 2.93 17.79 [5]
2018 fiscal year sales
(as of Mar 31, 2018)
5.94 3.78 5.33 15.05 17.79 [4][6]
Quarter 1
(ending Jun 30, 2018)
0.67 0.50 0.31 0.40 1.88 19.67 [7][8]
Quarter 2
(ending Sep 30, 2018)
1.33 0.64 0.88 0.34 3.19 22.86 [9][10]
Quarter 3
(ending Dec 31, 2018)
3.80 2.22 2.77 0.63 9.41 32.27 [11][12]
Quarter 4
(ending Mar 31, 2019)
1.07 0.49 0.59 0.32 2.47 34.74 [13][14]
2019 fiscal year sales
(as of Mar 31, 2019)
6.88 3.85 4.55 1.69 16.95 34.74 [13][14]
Quarter 1

(ending Jun 30, 2019)

0.82 0.53 0.50 0.28 2.13 36.87 [8]
Quarter 2

(ending Sep 30, 2019)

1.01 0.85 0.73 0.26 2.85 39.72 [10]
Quarter 3

(ending Dec 31, 2019)

2.93 1.45 2.28 0.92 7.58 47.30 [12]
Quarter 4

(ending Mar 31, 2020)

1.02 0.38 0.49 0.39 2.27 49.57 [14]
2020 fiscal year sales
(as of Mar 31, 2020)
5.78 3.21 4.00 1.85 14.83 49.57 [14]
Quarter 1

(ending Jun 30, 2020)

0.71 0.79 0.83 0.73 3.05 52.63 [15]
Quater 2

(ending Sep 30, 2020)

1.88 1.14 1.33 0.95 5.31 57.93 [16]
Quarter 3

(ending Dec 31, 2020)

3.01 2.09 2.10 1.21 8.41 66.34 [17]
Total sales
(ending Sep 30, 2020)
25.40 15.46 17.35 8.14 66.34

[17]

Switch Shipment figures (Switch Lite Model, based on official financial reports)
Date Sales (millions) Source
Americas Japan Europe Other Quarterly Total
Quarter 2

(ending Sep 30, 2019)

0.80 0.39 0.54 0.22 1.95 1.95 [10]
Quarter 3

(ending Dec 31, 2019)

1.29 0.97 0.74 0.24 3.24 5.19 [12]
Quarter 4

(ending Mar 31, 2020)

0.24 0.64 0.06 0.07 1.00 6.19 [14]
2020 fiscal year sales
(as of Mar 31, 2020)
2.33 2.00 1.34 0.53 6.19 6.19 [14]
Quarter 1

(ending Jun 30, 2020)

1.28 0.36 0.79 0.20 2.62 8.82 [15]
Quater 2

(ending Sep 30, 2020)

0.59 0.44 0.35 0.16 1.55 10.36 [16]
Quarter 3

(ending Dec 31, 2020)

1.58 0.62 0.88 0.09 3.16 13.53 [17]
Total sales
(ending Sep 30, 2020)
5.78 3.42 3.36 0.97 13.53

[17]

Miscellaneous sales[edit | edit source]

  • Europe
    • October 2019: "More than 10 million"[18]
  • Benelux (Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg)
    • July 2019: 500,000[19]
  • France:
    • Launch Day: 105,000[20]
    • June 2017: 250,000[21]
    • October 2017: 390,000[22]
    • December 2017: 911,000[23][24]
    • February 2018: 1 million[25]
    • January 2019: 2 million[26]
  • Germany
    • December 2017: 600,000[27]
  • Japan:
    • Launch weekend: 330,637[28]
    • March 2017: 600,000[1]
    • June 2017: 1 million[29]
    • October 2017: 2 million[30]
    • December 2017: 3.72 million[4]
  • Portugal
    • December 2017: 20k [31]
    • January 2019: 50k[32]
  • South Korea
    • Launch Day: 30,000[33]
    • December 2017: 110k[34]
  • Spain:
    • Launch Weekend: 45,000[35]
    • January 2018: 300,000[36]
    • December 2020: 1.57 million[37]
  • UK:
    • Launch Weekend: 80,000[38]
    • October 2017: 300,000[39]
    • December 2018: 1.4 million[40]
    • September 2019: 1.9 million, including 13,500 Switch Lites[41]
  • US:
    • March 2017: 906,000[42]
    • September 2017: 2 million[43]
    • December 2017: 4.8 million[44]
    • September 2019: 15 million (North America) [45]
    • November 2019: 17.5 million (The Americas), 830k (Thanksgiving week in US)[46]
  • Worldwide
    • December 12, 2017: 10 million (sold through)[47]
    • December 31, 2017: 14.6 million[48]
    • December 31, 2019: 52.48 million[12]

Games[edit | edit source]

A total of 532.34 million units of software has been sold as of December 31, 2020.[49]

Nintendo Switch launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild opened in second place on the UK charts. Breath of the Wild achieved a 91% attach rate in France launch day. It was one of the top ten best selling games for 2017 in the United States.

Best-selling games[edit | edit source]

These are the highest selling Switch games (as of December 31st, 2020) as sourced from Nintendo.[50] Other games which have other sources are referenced directly.

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 33.41 million
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 31.18 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 22.85 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 21.45 million
  5. Pokémon Sword and Shield - 20.35 million
  6. Super Mario Odyssey - 20.23 million
  7. Super Mario Party- 13.82 million
  8. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! & Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! - 13.00 million
  9. Splatoon 2 - 11.90 million
  10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - 9.82 million
  11. Luigi's Mansion 3 - 9.13 million (December 2020)[51]
  12. Ring Fit Adventure - 8.68 million (December 2020)[51]
  13. Super Mario 3D All-Stars - 8.32 million (December 2020)[51]
  14. Super Mario Maker 2 - 6.91 million (December 2020)[51]
  15. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - 4.57 million (June 2020)[52]
  16. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - 3.50 million (December 2020)[53]
  17. 1-2-Switch - 3.31 million (June 2020)[52]
  18. Mario Tennis Aces - 3.29 million (June 2020)[52]
  19. Among Us - 3.2 million (December 2020)[54]
  20. Kirby Star Allies - 3.15 million (June 2020)[52]
  21. Paper Mario: The Origami King - 3.05 million (December 2020)[51]
  22. Fire Emblem: Three Houses - 3.02 million (June 2020)[52]
  23. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - 2.93 million (June 2020)[52]
  24. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics - 2.62 million (December 2020)[51]
  25. ARMS - 2.47 million (June 2020)[52]
  26. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition - 2.29 million (JAPAN AND EUROPE ONLY - January 2020)[55][56][57]
  27. Pokkén Tournament DX - 2.13 million (June 2020)[n 1]
  28. Yoshi's Crafted World - 2.09 million (June 2020)[52]
  29. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - 2.05 million (June 2020)[52]
  30. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - 2 million (September 2018)[60]
  31. Octopath Traveler - 2 million (March 2019)[61]
  32. Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban! - 2 million (January 2021)[62]
  33. Pikmin 3 Deluxe - 1.94 million (December 2020)[51]
  34. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - 1.58 million (June 2020)[52]
  35. Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition - 1.48 million (December 2020)[51]
  36. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX - 1.43 million (June 2020))[52]
  37. Nintendo Labo (First 3 Kits combined) - 1.39 million (June 2018)[63]
    • Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit - 1.37 million (June 2020)[52]
  38. Astral Chain - 1.14 million (June 2020)[52]
  39. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order - 1.13 million (June 2020)[52]
  40. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit - 1.08 million (December 2020)[51]
  41. Enter the Gungeon - 1.00 million (March 2019)[64]
  42. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! - 1.00 million (July 2020)[65]
  43. Fitness Boxing - 1.00 million (September 2020)[66]

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