The Nintendo Switch Keeps Selling Millions; The Successor Is Coming Along

It is now official that Nintendo’s next platform will not be released until the end of the current fiscal year, ending in March 2024. But until then, the Switch has some power in it left…


In its quarterly financial report, Nintendo said that it has sold a total of 125.62 million units of the Nintendo Switch so far through March 3, confirming the platform’s third place in the top ten. Still, it is perhaps never going to catch up to the two leaders (PlayStation 2: ~155 million, Nintendo DS: 154.02 million). In the first three months of 2023, 3.07 million Switch, Switch Lite, and Switch OLED have been purchased (the big N does not disclose the sales share of the three versions). So far, 1036.15 million Switch games have been purchased (an average of ~8.25 per console), and 41.85 million games have been purchased this quarter.

Nintendo’s president, Shuntaro Furukawa, confirmed that no new hardware would be released in the fiscal year that started on April 1. He added that it would be challenging to maintain the previous sales momentum, which is understandable since the Switch has been out for more than six years. Therefore, the goal is to get more consumers to play Nintendo Switch longer to maximize sales. Shortly afterward, a source close to the big N told Nikkei, saying that the development of the new platform is progressing well, and then added that it will not launch in the current fiscal year. If the rumors about it are true (4K resolution, Nvidia DLSS support), and it remains the same hybrid platform as the Switch, it could be a significant success.

Back to the stats: Nintendo has updated its top 10 list of first-party, internally developed Switch games:


  1.         Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 53.79 million
  2.         Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 42.21 million
  3.         Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 31.09 million
  4.         The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 29.81 million
  5.         Pokémon Sword/Shield – 25.82 million
  6.         Super Mario Odyssey – 25.76 million
  7.         Pokémon Scarlet/Violet – 22.10 million
  8.         Super Mario Party – 19.14 million
  9.         New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 15.41 million
  10. Ring Fit Adventure – 15.38 million


And here are the other game sales figures:


  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus – 14.83 million
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 12.82 million
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 11.38 million
  • Splatoon 3 – 10.67 million
  • Mario Party Superstars – 10.17 million
  • Nintendo Switch Sports – 9.60 million
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land – 6.46 million
  • Mario Strikers: Battle League – 2.54 million
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – 1.86 million
  • Fire Emblem Engage – 1.61 million (new)
  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe – 1.46 million (new)
  • Metroid Prime Remastered – 1.09 million (new)
  • Bayonetta 3 – 1.07 million


Source: Gematsu, WCCFTech

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