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Switch Close to Passing Sales of N64 (UPDATE: Now Passed!)

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Forgive me if there is already a post on this, and if there is I'll forego this post for another if it exists. However, I just recently noticed that the Nintendo Switch is possibly only a mere few weeks away from passing the life time sales of their very own Nintendo 64. It's sort of miraculous to me, for as evergreen and long lasting as the N64 is, it only sold 32.93 million units. That's by no means something to scoff at, but barely into the Switch's third year it is at 32.5 most recently on the VGChartz homepage.

I wonder what we all make of this, and whether it's a testament to how popular the Switch is, and possibly to reflect and compare the two systems, and also how they're different. This post isn't trying to make any sort of judgement, just a cool milestone I see coming up in the future. 

UPDATE: With the week ending April 6th, the Switch has passed the N64 with sales of 33.1 Million units!

Here is where I found the N64 data, although I presume everyone here knows this already: (https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/hard_soft/)

Last edited by NintendoCM - on 20 April 2019

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Onwards to the SNES goalpost !!



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it's pretty mindblowing that the N64 only sold 32.9M consoles......

I would love if they added VIRTUAL CONSOLE TO SWITCH. With N64 and gamecube games.



 

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Well, now we wait until it reaches SNES numbers. I wonder how big is the AC/Pokemon/New models' boost is going to be...



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leo-j said:
it's pretty mindblowing that the N64 only sold 32.9M consoles......

I would love if they added VIRTUAL CONSOLE TO SWITCH. With N64 and gamecube games.

I expect them to make an N64 mini and Gamecube mini in the future. Maybe after that such games might be added to Nintendo Switch online, but I wouldn't expect any Virtual console anymore.

N64 sold very badly outside of US, and was dead the moment FF VII came out on the Playstation (which until then did pretty badly for itself btw)

Last edited by Bofferbrauer2 - on 04 April 2019

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The Nintendo 64 didn't sell well because it missed out on the majority of the big third party titles of its time.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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Switch is a console so I think it should be asked if it can outsell the Wii. When looking at the PS4 it's kinda a forgone conclusion that it will not catch the PS2 due simply to the ridiculous 155+ sales. Therefore the only realistic conversation we can have is only relative to the PSOne. Yes it will pass it. But back to the Switch can it challange the Wii U for its number one console title?


You guys know that I dont think Switch will get anywhere near the Wii.



CosmicSex said:
Switch is a console so I think it should be asked if it can outsell the Wii. When looking at the PS4 it's kinda a forgone conclusion that it will not catch the PS2 due simply to the ridiculous 155+ sales. Therefore the only realistic conversation we can have is only relative to the PSOne. Yes it will pass it. But back to the Switch can it challange the Wii U for its number one console title?


You guys know that I dont think Switch will get anywhere near the Wii.

Yes, we know that. We also know that you don't understand how sales curves work, because you predict an incredibly sharp drop-off for Switch after 2019, which results in Switch selling only ~17m units from January 2020 until the very end of its lifecycle.

So if the goal is to have a realistic conversation, then the first thing that needs to happen is acknowledgement on your part that your outdated lifetime sales prediction for Switch does not make any sense at the current date anymore.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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The N64 did not sell well because most people were only born with two hands.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1gWECYYOSo

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Signalstar said:
The N64 did not sell well because most people were only born with two hands.

I’ve never held a N64 controller, is it really that bad?