Though the Nintendo Switch has existed for less than three years, having been released in March 2017, the system has already sold over 40 million copies. Those are some impressive sales numbers, and the games that can be played on it have performed outstandingly as well.
At the beginning of November, Nintendo updated its list of the best-selling games to date. Using these numbers, we're here to dive further into the titles that have out-sold all the rest, from a popular Zelda remake to a Mario racing classic.
It's time to press play! Here are the Nintendo Switch's top ten best-selling games to date.
10 The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening (3.13 million)
Though this title released on Sept. 20 of this year, it has already sold over 3.13 million copies. As a remake of the 1993 game of the same name, Link's Awakening follows the adventures of the classic titular character, who has been stranded on the island of Koholint after being shipwrecked during a storm. Here, Link sets out to rescue the eight instruments of the Sirens and wake up the Wind Fish in order to get off the island.
Combining a new retro-modern art style with already compelling gameplay, the title has been praised by many critics.
9 Super Mario Maker 2 (3.93 million)
This side-scrolling platform game is the exciting sequel to the Wii U's Super Mario Maker. With it, gamers are able to create their own Super Mario levels and compete on them using a variety of tools and objects.
The game has already sold close to 4 million copies, with many loving the fun design despite the early online lag.
8 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (4.59 million)
New Super Mario Bros. U allowed Wii U users to venture through new, colorful side-scrolling levels as characters from the Mario franchise. Thankfully, Nintendo Switch users were also able to do this after an enhanced version was launched for the console.
This version also contained the New Super Luigi U title and added Toadette as a playable character. Since the Wii U didn't receive high sales numbers, many players were excited to experience this title for the first time on the Switch; 4.59 million players swept it up, in fact.
7 Super Mario Party (7.59 million)
The eleventh installment in the Mario Party series, which released around a year ago at the time of this writing, has sold 7.59 million copies to date.
Bringing back the gameplay of early Mario Party games, players compete on a board game in pursuit of collecting the most stars. To break up the rounds, participants get to compete in a variety of crazy minigames. The game was well-received for bringing back the format and fun that the series had become known for, despite the game boards receiving some criticism.
6 Splatoon 2 (9.28 million)
Nintendo decided to introduce a new, original franchise to its game lineup in 2015. Thankfully, it went over well, and Splatoon received a sequel in 2017 for the Switch. This third-person shooter game lets squid-human hybrids known as Inklings and Octolings compete on a variety of courses by spraying colorful ink at each other.
The newest installment in the series received generally positive reviews for keeping to the feel of the original game yet adding an array of fresh features. This had the title selling over 9 million copies.
5 Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (11.28 million)
The 1998 role-playing Game Boy game known as Pokémon Yellow received a remake for the Switch in 2018. Like other games in the series, it has Pokémon Trainers and Gym Leaders competing in battles with the Pokémon they've caught.
Critics and fans alike loved the game's accessibility, gameplay, and nostalgia, despite the motion controls coming off a little clunky. The title sold like crazy, having been bought by 11.28 million fans so far.
4 The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (14.54 million)
This gorgeous Zelda game was released for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U in March 2017. Set near the end of the Zelda timeline, Link wakes up from an extended sleep in order to defeat Calamity Ganon before he can overthrow the kingdom of Hyrule.
Though the 14.54 million copies sold speaks for itself, critics and fans alike quickly fell in love with the title. The open-word design, beautiful imagery, immersive gameplay, and compelling story had the game quickly rising to fame.
3 Super Mario Odyssey (15.38 million)
Next in line is the latest sandbox-style Mario adventure in which the titular hero and a hat named Cappy embark on a journey to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser, who is planning to wed her. The game features various worlds known as Kingdoms, which Mario is able to reach via the Odyssey ship.
In each of these, he journeys to rescue Power Moons, which fuel the Odyssey and allows it to reach the never-before-journeyed-to Kingdoms. The vibrant title had already sold over 15.38 million copies, and that number will likely only grow.
2 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (15.71 million)
The fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series had players once again competing in battles as their favorite Nintendo characters. Yes, there are more themed courses than ever before in this one.
With the classic gameplay returning but new characters, stages, and options being added to the mix, the title received a load of love. This had over 15.71 million gamers snagging a copy of Ultimate.
1 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (19.01 million)
Topping off the list is the latest console installment in the Mario Kart franchise, which has sold over 19 million copies to date. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe allows players to once again race as their favorite characters using karts and bikes they put together.
Gamers are given the option of 32 tracks spread out over eight cups, as well as eight new battle arenas that didn't appear on the Wii U's original Mario Kart 8. Thanks to the fine detail, magnificent visuals, replayability, and excitement, this Mario Kart installment ended up raking in all the positive reviews it could ever wish for.