Nintendo Switch overtakes SNES with more than 52 million sold
Nintendo had its strongest Switch quarter ever this vacation season, transferring 10.81 million items to achieve a complete of 52.48 million sold as of the tip of 2019. That means it’s now overtaken the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to grow to be Nintendo’s third best-selling house console of all time behind the Wii and the NES. The 16-bit SNES was launched in 1990 in Japan and the next yr in North America, reaching a complete of 49.1 million items sold worldwide.
Pokémon Sword and Shield had been an enormous hit over the vacation season, transferring more than 16 million copies. That’s virtually four million more than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate registered in its launch quarter a yr in the past, though Pokémon went on sale about three weeks earlier. Luigi’s Mansion three was one other huge success, promoting over 5 million copies.
Nintendo’s Switch hardware gross sales are up about 15 p.c year-on-year, which the corporate attributes partly to the launch of the cheaper Switch Lite whereas additionally noting the December launch in China — although that’s unlikely to be a significant component but. The 3DS, in the meantime, is now formally a non-factor with simply 260,000 consoles sold even in a vacation quarter.