Nintendo Switch surpasses 10 million sales in Japan

Nintendo Switch surpasses 10 million sales in Japan

Nintendo’s flagship products – Switch and the Lite counterpart – have sold a combined 10 million units in Japan.

The first model launched worldwide back on March 3, 2017 while the newer one was only released on September 20, 2019.

At the end of September the company announced that the original handheld console had shipped a staggering 41.67 million units across the globe.

To put this into perspective, the PlayStation 4 – this generation’s best-selling console – recently surpassed 102.8 million sales.

It has only been beaten by the PS2, Nintendo DS and Game Boy.

The PS4 was released roughly six years ago while the Nintendo Switch has only been on the shelves for less than three.

As such, it is remarkable to see the handheld has managed to sell 10 million copies in Japan alone – though, Nintendo products have always been incredibly popular there.

The hotly-anticipated sequels to the Xbox One and PS4 will be released around Christmas 2020 while there is no follow-up to the Switch officially announced.

This could mean that Nintendo’s handheld console will likely only increase in sales and could well overtake Microsoft’s product, though it is unlikely to catch Sony’s rampant current-gen sales.

The next major release for the Nintendo Switch will be Pokémon Sword and Shield which debut on November 15.

Sales will likely start roaring again once The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 emerges, however many speculators believe this won’t be released until December 2020 at the earliest – possibly alongside the Switch Pro.

Interested in reading more about console sales? Discover more about the PS4 becoming the fourth-best selling console in gaming history.

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