The Nintendo Switch had its best year ever in 2019. It had big name titles come out in both the 1st and 3rd party markets, and it consistently was the best-selling console of each month of the year. And indeed, it was the best-selling console of 2019 as a whole. But as is our way, we want hard numbers to talk about the Switch’s success, and for that, the recent 3rd Quarter 2019 numbers have been revealed.
Easily one of the biggest pieces of news is that the Nintendo Switch itself has sold over 52 million units. This is very impressive because the Switch is still in its third year of life. Which means if it were to sell about 54 million units by the time March 3rd comes around (March 3rd 2017 was when the Switch launched) then it would’ve sold roughly 18 million units a year. What’s more, the 54 million units now pushes the Switch beyond the lifetime sales of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
As for the software side of things, Nintendo had a very successful year all things told, with many of the back half games crossing the million-unit threshold and then some. Pokemon Sword and Shield, for example, has sold over 16 million units in just six weeks. Proving that the controversy over the National Dex and its animations weren’t as big of a deal as people thought.
Then, there was Luigi’s Mansion 3, which has definitively sold more than any previous Luigi’s Mansion game before it, because in about 2 months it sold 5.37 million units.
Arguably the biggest, and most pleasant, surprise is that two of major 3rd party releases that came out in the back half of 2019, Astral Chain and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, have now both crossed the million-unit mark. Marking this as yet another successful 3rd party exclusive along the lines of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Octopath Traveler, and more.
Whether 2020 holds up to the standard that 2019’s Nintendo Switch success had is still to be determined.