Nintendo of Japan has released the new worldwide sales figures for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS line of handheld consoles. It seems that Nintendo's earlier financial projections were on point, as the Switch has sold almost twenty million units around the world.
As of July 2018, the Nintendo Switch has sold 19.67 million consoles and 86.93 million pieces of software. The Nintendo 3DS line has sold a combined 72.89 million consoles and 367.84 pieces of software.
The Nintendo Switch has already blitzed past the Wii U's lifetime console sales of 13.56 million units but has yet to beat its 102.28 million units of software sales.
The next milestone for the Nintendo Switch to pass is beating the GameCube's lifetime sales of 21.74 million, which it should easily do over the next couple of months.
The next real milestone for the Nintendo Switch is beating the Nintendo 64's lifetime consoles of 32.93 million units. It would be a safe bet on the Switch outselling the Nintendo 64, seeing as the Switch is only in its second year and some of its biggest games have yet to be released.
In order for the Switch to become Nintendo's best-selling console, it will need to ship over 160 million units in order to surpass the Nintendo DS, which seems less feasible, even with the console's strong start.
The Nintendo 3DS is also still selling consoles and games, but it's obvious that the handheld is entering its decline, thanks in no small part to the lack of upcoming support for the system. It's an unfortunate end for one of Nintendo's greatest consoles of all time.
The Nintendo Switch is set to have an incredible end of 2018, thanks to the upcoming release of Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee, which is tied into the massively popular Pokémon Go mobile game, while also acting as a remake of Pokémon Yellow.
Nintendo's final big game of 2018 (barring anymore surprise announcements) will be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is set to be the biggest game in the series yet.
The Nintendo Switch's schedule for 2019 is looking pretty barren, but there is still plenty of time for Nintendo to announce new games for next year. These recent sales figures present numbers that Nintendo should be proud of, but that doesn't mean that they can rest on their laurels. If they want the Switch to become a true competitor to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, then they need to maintain their momentum with new software.