The Nintendo Switch has received an amazing reaction since its release in 2017, and it has finally surpassed the PlayStation 4 in its home country in terms of sales.
According to Famitsu, the Nintendo Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 (including sales of the PlayStation 4 Pro) during the period running from April 29 to May 12. The Nintendo Switch has sold 8,125,637 units in Japan, while the PlayStation 4 sits at 8,077,757 units.
The Nintendo Switch's sales feat is even more impressive when you consider how long each console has been out for. The Switch was released worldwide on March 7, 2017, while the PlayStation 4 was released on February 22, 2014, in Japan. The PlayStation 4 has an extra three years on the Nintendo Switch, but it has already been overtaken.
The reason for the Nintendo Switch's rise to power is due to the fact that it had a killer lineup of games in its first year, which included the likes of Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, while the PlayStation 4 took a while before it hit its stride.
The PlayStation 4 isn't the only rival to the Nintendo Switch, as details are slowly leaking out about the PlayStation 5 and its amazing technical capabilities. The Nintendo Switch may have outsold its rival in Japan, but its comparatively weak hardware may leave it in the dust when the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox One's successor hit the market.
The main saving grace of the Nintendo Switch is that there a still of lot first-party titles that have yet to hit the system. The Nintendo Switch has yet to receive its Animal Crossing game, or Pokémon Sword & Shield, which are guaranteed to be huge system sellers across the world.
The Nintendo Switch might be lacking in hardware compared to its competitors, but its portability factor and the incredible lineup of first-party titles has made it a huge hit across the globe. The next generation of consoles might be on the horizon (along with streaming gaming services, such as Google Stadia), but Nintendo has proven that it can compete against more powerful systems in the past and it seems to be doing so again.