Despite a 22.9% drop in sales of the Nintendo Switch family compared to the April-June 2021 quarter (according to the big N, it was due to a shortage of semiconductors and other components, as well as “other factors”), by 2023, the platform might move up to third place in the lifetime sales charts behind the PS2 and Nintendo DS family!
The Japanese company announced its financial results for the quarter that ended June 30. In these three months, 3.43 million Nintendo Switch units were sold (and no details are given on how many of these were the base model, how many were Lite and how many were OLED), and 41.41 million games were purchased. Of course, it is a decrease for the former, but it is still a solid result. In 5 1/4 years, the Switch has sold 111.08 million units and 863.59 million games (an average of 7.77 games per Switch).
It is a fair result because if, despite the downturn, it still sold more than the PlayStation 5 shipped by Sony in the same period (we wrote about it already, but 2.4 million), it is safe to say that by 2023, the Nintendo Switch will become the third best-selling video game platform. Still, there is no way it will catch up with the PlayStation 2 (~155 million sales) and the Nintendo DS family of products (154.02 million). However, it could reach 120 million by the end of the year, leaving the PlayStation 4 behind (currently at 117.3 million)!
Nintendo has also released its top 10 list of first-party Switch games:
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 46.82 million
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 39.38 million
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 28.82 million
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 27.14 million
- Pokemon Sword / Pokemon Shield – 24.50 million
- Super Mario Odyssey – 23.93 million
- Super Mario Party – 18.06 million
- Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Pokemon Shining Pearl – 14.79 million
- Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 14.66 million
- Ring Fit Adventure – 14.54 million
Three more sales figures were released, two of which are for new games:
Nintendo Switch Sports – 4.84 million (new)
Kirby and the Forgotten Land – 4.53 million
Mario Strikers: Battle League – 1.91 million (new)
Not a bad performance from them.