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Since Nintendo reveals quarterly shipment numbers and first party Switch games generally all have simultaneous wordwide releases, Switch is pretty much the perfect system to make a launch aligned games chart for. I more or less had it done already and was waiting for this quarterly report to get it fully up to date. I've split it into two tiers of titles, to avoid having too many lines in one chart:

The X-axis is shipments in millions, the Y-axis is months since launch. The dots are quarterly reports.

Full game titles (translating my abbreviations):

Spoiler!

Top Dogs:

  • BotW - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • MK8DX - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • SMO - Super Mario Oddyssey
  • SSBU - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Sw/Sh - Pokémon Sword & Shield
  • AC:NH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Heavyweights:

  • SMP - Super Mario Party
  • RFA - Ring Fit Adventure
  • 3D World - Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
  • Superstars - Mario Party Superstars
  • BD/SP - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
  • Arceus - Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Middleweights:

  • Splat 2 - Splatoon 2
  • Let's Go - Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee
  • NSMBUDX - New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • SMM2 - Super Mario Maker 2
  • LM3 - Luigi's Mansion 3
  • 3D All-Stars - Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  • NS Sports - Nintendo Switch Sports

I've used a very rough estimate of launch week shipments as the starting point on the chart to avoid every game starting at 0, which would be messy with so many lines and give an unrealistic sales trajectory for the first quarter. For this reason I've also aligned games that launched right at the end of a month to the next month (SMO, LM3, SMM2 and MK8).

I plan to keep updating this for future quarters, but ofc since Nintendo only gives numbers for games that have sold over a million in the current fiscal year, we will probably only get numbers for some of these in some quarters.

These games are not up to date as of June 2022:

  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Last update March 2022)
  • Mario Party Superstars (Last update March 2022)
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Last update March 2022)
  • Splatoon 2 (Last update March 2022)
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Last update March 2022)
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 (Last update March 2022)
  • Super Mario Maker 2 (Last update March 2021)
Last edited by UnderwaterFunktown - 6 days ago

Major Switch Titles Launch Aligned

2022 predictions:

  • Switch - 24m
  • PS5 - 15.5m
  • Xbox Series - 10m