In a testament to its ongoing triumph, the Nintendo Switch has once again solidified its dominance in the gaming industry by selling 130 million units, surpassing the sales record of its predecessor, the iconic Nintendo Wii, within the United States. The achievement underscores the console’s unwavering popularity and its position as a frontrunner in the competitive gaming market.
Since its launch in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has consistently garnered attention for its innovative hybrid design and a diverse array of captivating games. Now, this enduring success has reached new heights as the console’s sales figures eclipse those of the beloved Nintendo Wii, a console that had captivated gamers worldwide upon its release in 2006.
Although specific sales figures remain undisclosed, the most recent data from GamesIndustry.biz confirms that the Nintendo Switch has officially outperformed the Wii in terms of sales within the US market. This achievement adds to the console’s growing list of accolades, having already secured its place as the best-selling hardware of the prior generation. Even in the face of competition from modern contenders like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X, the Nintendo Switch continues to stand out.
Games like The Legend of Zelda series and Super Mario titles have not only maintained the interest of long-time fans but have also attracted new audiences, helping to drive the console’s sales even further. According to information provided on Nintendo’s official website, the Switch has achieved sales exceeding 129 million units by the end of June 30, 2023, whereas the cumulative sales of the Wii have reached a total of 101 million units.
Notably, the leading game in terms of sales on the Switch is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which has impressively garnered a sales figure of 55.46 million units up to the current date. Additionally, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild holds the fourth position among the best-selling games, achieving the 30 million units milestone. Furthermore, Tears of the Kingdom has rapidly ascended to the ninth position in the list of best-selling titles, boasting an impressive 18 million units sold.
While precise figures remain undisclosed, reports indicate that the Nintendo Switch now trails the Xbox 360 by a marginal gap of approximately one million units in terms of sales in the US. Additionally, the console is within striking distance of the PlayStation 2’s lifetime sales in the same market, with a gap of fewer than five million units.
As the Nintendo Switch continues to shine, enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the company’s future endeavors. Speculation about a potential successor to the console has been fueled by reports of leaked documents from Microsoft suggesting that an announcement for the next Nintendo console could arrive as early as next year. Although official confirmation is pending, the Nintendo Switch’s resounding success is poised to cast a long shadow and leave a lasting legacy, even as the gaming landscape evolves.