Thursday, February 3, 2022

Nintendo Switch Outsells Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo Switch has become the fastest home console to sell 100 million units, and has now outsold the Nintendo Wii.

Announced in Nintendo’s financial report for the third quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2022, the company revealed that the lifetime sales of the Nintendo Switch is 103.54 million units as of December 31, 2021.

This pushes the Switch past the Wii, making it Nintendo’s best-selling console that you can plug into a TV. It has some way to go before eclipsing the Nintendo DS, though, which sold 153 million consoles across its numerous iterations.

Adding to the Switch’s accolades is that it is the fastest home console to hit 100 million sales, surpassing both the Wii and Sony’s PlayStation 4. A graph from Bloomberg reporter Takashi Mochizuki shows the continued uptake in Switch sales during the console’s fifth year of sale, while both PS4 and Wii experienced a slow down in sales at the same time during their respective lifetimes.

During the first nine months of the 2022 fiscal year, Nintendo sold 18.95 million Switch consoles. This is down by 21.4% compared to the previous year, but is the best quarter for console sales the company has had since the previous year. Nintendo expects to sell another 23 million consoles before the end of the financial year in March.

Of the almost 19 million consoles sold, the majority were the standard Switch model, at 11.79 million sales. The Switch Lite accounts for 3.99 million sales, and the new OLED sold 2.17 million units.

If you’ve yet to join Nintendo’s 98 million annual Switch players and fancy joining in, be sure to check out our best Switch deals page. And for more, see what you can expect from Nintendo in 2022.

Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer.


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