The Nintendo Switch has currently sold 34.74 million hardware units and 187.52 software units, while the Nintendo 64 sold 32.93 million hardware units and made 224.97 million software units sales during its lifespan. The Switch hasn’t quite sold as many games as the Nintendo 64, but it’s closing in on that number fast and will likely top it by the end of the 2019 holiday season.
The next major sales milestone for the Nintendo Switch is to the beat the Super Nintendo, which sold 49.10 million hardware units during its lifespan. The fact that the Switch has had such an incredible response within its first few years makes this seem like a realistic goal, especially since Animal Crossing and Pokémon Sword & Shield are due to be huge hits for the system this year.
It didn’t take long for the Nintendo Switch to overcome the Wii U’s lifetime sales, but it was more surprising how quickly it outsold the GameCube. The Switch also managed to turn the Wii U’s best-selling game into an even bigger hit, as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still the top selling game on the system (beating out both Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) and has sold almost double the number of copies of Mario Kart 8.
The Nintendo 64 was home to some of the most important Nintendo games of all time, including Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, so it’s a huge deal for the Switch to have outsold it so quickly. The Nintendo Switch had a killer lineup of games within its first year, including Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which some fans would put on the same level of quality as their Nintendo 64 forebears, if not exactly on the same level of importance to the industry.
The Nintendo Switch has struck a chord with fans and has undone a lot of damage to the console brand caused by the Wii U. The fact that 2019 has both an Animal Crossing and the first true console Pokémon game means that big things are in store for the Switch this year.