As of December 26, 2020, according to sales tracking website VGChartz, the Nintendo Switch has finally sold out the 3DS and estimated at 76,285,948 units sold. 3DS, released in 2011, has so far sold 75906986 units.
The “List of best-selling game consoles” on Wikipedia has not been updated at the time of writing, but Switchen’s increased sales at the end of last year – no doubt due to Christmas shopping – would push it up to be the 11th best-selling console of all time, behind Game Boy, Wii and Nintendo DS family. The switch has a way to go until it reaches the top five, though – the cutoff is 102 million units sold.
But when Switch sold more than any other console combined last year, we could see the emergence of a worthy successor to Wii̵
If you have read all this and you are still hungry for more sales figures, check out this visualization of the last 20 years of Nintendo console sales, or read about how Animal Crossing: New Horizons helped the UK video game industry make £ 4 billion for the first time. If it is still not enough, you can be outside our help.
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