Nintendo Switch Has Sold Over 125 Million Units, Nintendo Warns Loss of Momentum

Nintendo recently revealed that the Nintendo Switch has now sold a whopping 125.62 million units. This places it as one of Nintendo’s best selling systems of all time, comfortably above the Wii (101.63) and Game Boy (118.69), but still a little behind their best seller, the DS, which still holds the top spot with 154.02 million in sales.

Outside of the Nintendo bubble, this puts the Switch as the third best selling system of all time, behind the PS2 and Nintendo DS, and ahead of other notable behemoths such as the PS1, PS4 and Xbox 360.

This is quite the turn-around, given critic and public scepticism ahead of its 2017 release, coming fresh off the back of the Wii U, which sold a paltry 13.56 million in its lifetime.

These great sales can’t last forever though, as Nintendo recently warned investors.

Nintendo stated to CNBC:

Software sales totalled 213.96 million units for the year ended Mar. 31, down 9% year-on-year.

Nintendo forecasts software sales of 180 million units in the current fiscal year, marking expectations of a further decline.

Nintendo said it expects net profit to fall 21.4% in the year ended March 2024.


With all that said, Nintendo are set to release The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which will no doubt be a huge seller, given the wild success of the original Breath of the Wild. As well as that, it’s interesting to note that the Switch has still not received any kind of price cut, which previous Nintendo consoles have done as early as 6 months after release.

The Switch also does not have any kind of budget range, unlike Players Choice on the Nintendo GameCube, or the Nintendo Selects range on the Nintendo Wii and Wii U.

Still, 6 years into the life of the Switch, it is vastly becoming one of the longest running consoles for Nintendo, and the signs are showing when it comes to games struggling to run optimally.

Could this point to the successor of the Switch being on the horizon? According to Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa, no new hardware is expected in the next financial year, which is set to end March 2024.

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