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Nintendo VS Sony Fiscal Years: Global Edition

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PS4 versus Switch, FY3/2019

Switch lead, 8M+ 3 9.38%
 
Switch lead, 6M to 8M 1 3.13%
 
Switch lead, 5M to 6M 1 3.13%
 
Switch lead, 4M to 5M 5 15.63%
 
Switch lead, 3M to 4M 4 12.50%
 
Switch lead, 2M to 3M 2 6.25%
 
Switch lead, 1M to 2M 3 9.38%
 
Virtual tie (Fewer than 1M either way) 6 18.75%
 
PS4 lead, 1M to 3M 3 9.38%
 
PS4 lead, 3M+ 4 12.50%
 
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DanneSandin said:
Damn that's an impressive amount of work you must have put Into this! Quite an interesting comparison though. Even though Nintendo has "won" more often than not, Sony isn't far behind in total sales - AND they've har fewer consoles. I wonder if the Switch alone Will be able to turn the tides for Nintendo again, but I doubt it

I think that Nintendo releasing and selling consoles earlier is sort of less relevant because the industry was smaller back then (in terms of companies and consumers).



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Good work man!

 

Thanks for the trouble, this too was very informative, just like last time with the North America market. ;)

 

Japan and maybe Europe next time?

 

I wish we had Microsoft numbers to make it all perfect. :(



Those crazy Nintendo numbers make me somewhat skeptical that Switch will unify Nintendo's library under one umbrella.

From a gamer's perspective, I think it's better to not split up the userbase by making a more affordable, weak successor to the 3DS, that hurts the Switch from reaching its full potential. But Nintendo is a company, and companies prioritize money, so when they look back at the past data, they might get greedy.

Nintendo knows that there are millions who are willing to buy two devices from them, so it doesn't make perfect business sense to completely ignore that. Then again, it might be a little challenging to make two successful consoles per generation in this day and age, especially considering their home console is pretty much a powerful portable. The 3DS successor would need to have a strong selling point since portability is no longer an advantage with the Switch around.

My guess is that Nintendo will eventually stick to only one system (Switch). But they will make revisions with exclusive content to help make up for the lost sales of a complementary console.



Thanks for the data!

I prefer to have a column for each system, so I reformatted the data a bit. It is easier to show the total units at the bottom this way.

I also added the hardware and software totals (VGC data and official Nintendo data) for validation/comparison... couldn't find official cumulative hardware or software sales for each PlayStation system.

Your GB data is 1.7 million units higher and your N64 data is 1.5 million units higher than Nintendo's offical numbers, better recheck them.



No PSVita numbers for this year yet?

 

It's not much, but the handheld is still selling something worldwide unlike the Nintendo WiiU, right?

 

An average of 10 to 15k a week if I'm not mistaken. (Vgchartz) 🤔



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I mean, at this point it's pretty obvious Sony is going for a 18M shipped this fiscal year.

Nintendo are going for 13M shipped and that is if they have the ressources to do so because the scarcity does hurt them a lot right now.



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Conina said:

Thanks for the data!

I prefer to have a column for each system, so I reformatted the data a bit. It is easier to show the total units at the bottom this way.

I also added the hardware and software totals (VGC data and official Nintendo data) for validation/comparison... couldn't find official cumulative hardware or software sales for each PlayStation system.

Your GB data is 1.7 million units higher and your N64 data is 1.5 million units higher than Nintendo's offical numbers, better recheck them.

Yeah, I would've preferred a column for each system as well, but VGChartz would explode having a chart with 20 columns. This way, people who want to copy the data into their own spreadsheets can do so, which wouldn't be possible if I had used images.

And the reason that the GB and N64 don't add up is because in FY3/2000 and earlier, Nintendo's financial reports tracked shipments from Nintendo itself to its regional subsidiaries, like Nintendo of America. After FY3/2001, they started revealing sell-in to retailers. So those two numbers don't match up, because Nintendo had lots of leftover stock of those two consoles at the end of the generation.

Sony did the same thing before FY/2007, which is especially confusing in the case of something like the PSP or PS3. In FY3/2007, the PS3 apparently had 5.5 million "Cumulative Production Shipments of Hardware," but only 3.5 million in "Worldwide Hardware Unit Sales".

https://web.archive.org/web/20090207211046/http://www.scei.co.jp:80/corporate/data/bizdataps3_e.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20130927211956/http://www.scei.co.jp/corporate/data/bizdataps3_sale_e.html

So neither Nintendo's pre-2001 numbers or Sony's pre-2007 numbers actually match up to sell-in, but I figured they were close enough.



Very interesting data. Thanks for the work and for sharing OP



Nice work, pretty much confirms Nintendo is king of handhelds. While Sony is dominant in Home consoles, selling about as much as all of its competitors combined.

A total software comparison would be interesting too, but I don't think we have reliable data for that. Sony would definitely close some of the gap due Home consoles having higher attach rate.



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Intrinsic said:
Good work..... thanks.

I think if there is one thing this data makes really clear, its that Nintendo is a handheld company.

For curiosity's sake, what do you classify the Switch as?

Well.... I think its what nintendo should always have been.... or itsthe best of nintendo.

Its a hybrid. Its a home console and a handheld...... its about time nintendo merged their two houses......