Well, dang. Nintendo’s plucky little hybrid handheld that could is at it again. Is no console’s sales record safe? Now it’s overtaking the mighty PS4’s lifetime sales in Japan!
You’d be forgiven for feeling entirely unconvinced by Nintendo Switch around the time of its release. Not only was it arriving in the wake of the poor old Wii U, it didn’t have any major, big-hitting games to draw us in either. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the big-ticket item, but it was a port.
Since Super Mario Odyssey (and other big names like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2) lit the blue touchpaper, though, the system has been going from strength to strength. Nintendo execs have been doling out portions of humble pie to disbelievers all over the world. There’s still work to be done, for certain (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the game of the moment, is being held back by that shonky online), but it’s been a huge success.
How huge a success? Well, feast your eyes on this for a milestone: Switch has now overtaken the lifetime sales of the PS4 in Japan. More specifically, the combined sales of the original and slim models, not taking the souped-up PlayStation Pro into the equation.
Let’s look at some numbers. As reported by Nintendo Life, 6,540,000 PS4 and PS4 Slim consoles have been sold in Japan to date. In contrast, Nintendo have shifted 6,670,000 Switches. Considering that the PS4 launched way back in 2014, that’s one heckola of a headstart and a significant success for Nintendo.
Having said that, though, there are some important things to bear in mind here. For one, we’re talking about Nintendo’s native Japan, who have always clutched the company close to their Mario-loving chests. For another, the Switch isn’t technically ahead of all PS4’s combined sales in the region. Throwing the PS4 Pro’s sales into the mix would push that total above 7,000,000.
Even so, there’s one thing nobody can deny: Switch has been doing super well since its launch in March 2017. The only question is, can Nintendo keep the sales momentum going as we enter the new year? Only time will tell.