It took Thirteen years for Super NES to sell more than 49 million copies worldwide, and Nintendo Switch broke 52 million copies in less than three years.
Switch was well received in early 2020: after setting a record for the last quarter of 2019, Nintendo’s portable (and living room) game console just surpassed its great-grandmother Super Nintendo (or Super NES).
Super NES has been manufactured for almost 13 years and sold 49.1 million units, while the Switch reached 52.48 million units in just two years and ten months. Obviously, the flight environment of the two consoles is very different.
Anyway, according to Nintendo’s predictions, the console should sell about 18 million copies in fiscal 2019 (from April 2019 to March 2020).
Switch is already the third-best-selling home console in Nintendo. As you can imagine, its hybrid nature makes it a portable platform and also facilitates this good positioning. Nintendo’s portable game consoles have been popular since the first Game Boy. In comparison, from the launch in 2004 to the end of production in April 2013, Nintendo DS sold more than 154 million units, while Nintendo 3DS sold $ 75.71 million. Now the unit.
Among other factors of success, we must of course emphasize the launch of the cheaper model-Switch Lite-and the arrival of highly anticipated games (such as “Pokémon Sword” and “Shield”), with a price not lower than that 16.06 million copies were completed in just two months. More than a third of Switch owners are Pokémon players.
Nintendo plans to advance with the times when Pokémon Mysterious Dungeon: Rescue Team DX arrives this year, a remake of two Pokémon games combining Nintendo DS and GBA.
Switch’s next (very) symbolic process will be to surpass Nintendo’s first console NES sales. It was sold in 1983 and sold 61.91 million copies during production. Production of the product in Japan will continue for two decades since the end of marketing in Chaoyang, starting in 2003.