It’s done: the Nintendo Switch has now outsold the Wii worldwide. In just 5 years, the portable console has sold 103 million copies, announced the Kyoto firm during its financial report for the last quarter. Once again, it can count on its flagship licenses to maintain the enthusiasm with fans.
Is the Switch destined to become Nintendo’s best-selling console of all time ? It is in any case the impression that it gives to regularly beat the sales records of its elders. The latest was that of the 3DS, which it overtook in January 2021. Just a year later, the small portable tackled another behemoth of the firm: the Wii. Yesterday, Nintendo announced that it had sold 103.54 million unitssince the launch of the Switch.
It will therefore have taken only 5 years for the latter to exceed 101.63 million sales of the Wii, thus achieving the forecasts of the French division set out a few days ago. While component shortages have plagued the video game industry for over a year now, 2021 has been a success for Nintendo, despite slower growth of 8% compared to 2020.
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Component shortages will dampen the Switch’s momentum in 2022
However, this remains much less worrying than the competition. Yesterday, Sony notably announced that the PS5 is selling less well than the PS4 at the time. Stock shortages have not spared Nintendo , of which the Switch OLED was also a victim when it was released. Despite everything, the Kyoto firm claims that the latest iteration of its console has “started very well”.
Still, it will not be easy to find a Switch in 2022. The manufacturer is indeed forced to revise its production targets downward by 1 millionfor the current year due to the shortage of components. Three months ago, the latter had already made a similar announcement. The target is now set at 23 million units. However, the console can count on its flagship licenses to keep its growth afloat.
Thus, the remakes of Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Pokémon Sparkling Pearl sold for 13.97 million copies. Another successful remake, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword convinced 3.85 million fans. Mario Party Superstars, meanwhile, sold out 5.43 million unitswhile Metroid Dread counts 2.74 million followers. Let’s bet without getting too wet that Pokémon Legends: Arceus will experience the same success.
Source: The Verge