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The Nintendo Switch has outsold the lifetime worldwide sales of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), according to our estimates.

The Nintendo Switch sold 961,543 units for the week ending December 28, 2019 to bring its lifetime sales to 49.79 million units worldwide. This compares to the SNES with lifetime sales of 49.10 million units. 

Breaking down the Switch sales by region, it has sold 17.33 million units in the US, 13.22 million units in Europe, and 11.62 million units in Japan. Breaking down sales in Europe, the Switch has sold 2.48 million units in the UK, 2.53 million units in Germany, and 3.33 million units in France.

Up next for the Nintendo Switch to surpass is the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) with lifetime sales of 61.91 million units. The Switch is a little over 12 million units behind the lifetime sales of the NES.

Here is a list of the top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games, according to Nintendo's shipment figures through September 30, 2019:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 19.01 million
  2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 15.71 million
  3. Super Mario Odyssey – 15.38 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 14.54 million
  5. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 11.28 million
  6. Splatoon 2 – 9.28 million
  7. Super Mario Party – 7.59 million
  8. Pokemon Sword / Shield - 6 million*
  9. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 4.59 million
  10. Super Mario Maker 2 – 3.93 million
*Figure from Nintendo for the launch week of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield (NS).
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Holy Smokes! Great job! The SNES is a classic console that has some of the greatest ever games released on it. I feel confident that as the Switch passes this milestone it is steeped in the same tradition. Here's to the next rung on the ladder on the way to the Wii...and beyond!



Next step is the NES! Switch should be at 51.5-52 million shipped right now, and 2020 should be the peak year or at least be very similar to 2019.

I expect Switch to surpass NES in September 2020.



2020 predictions: NSW 21m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m
(PS5 and XSX predictions will most likely change after we know enough about them)

Great achievement. You know, people seem to forget how much smaller the audience was back then. 50 million was huge in that time. 90% market domination for the NES was around the same. So much has changed since then. Anyway, the Switch is quickly becoming a SNES 2.0 for me. My fav console.




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OTBWY said:
Great achievement. You know, people seem to forget how much smaller the audience was back then. 50 million was huge in that time. 90% market domination for the NES was around the same. So much has changed since then. Anyway, the Switch is quickly becoming a SNES 2.0 for me. My fav console.

This is so true, the market growth a lot now. But is fair to say that's mostly thanks to the PlayStation. That little thing selling 100 million was REALLY absurd. It extended the popolarity of videogames in America, and literally created a new one in Europe and many other markets...



2020 predictions: NSW 21m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m
(PS5 and XSX predictions will most likely change after we know enough about them)

And not even three years old yet.

Watch your backs PS1/Wii.

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Ryng_Tolu said:
Next step is the NES! Switch should be at 51.5-52 million shipped right now, and 2020 should be the peak year or at least be very similar to 2019.

I expect Switch to surpass NES in September 2020.

I second this prediction though it could accelerate to late August depending on the potential impact of Animal Crossing on Switch Lite.



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Ryng_Tolu said:
OTBWY said:
Great achievement. You know, people seem to forget how much smaller the audience was back then. 50 million was huge in that time. 90% market domination for the NES was around the same. So much has changed since then. Anyway, the Switch is quickly becoming a SNES 2.0 for me. My fav console.

This is so true, the market growth a lot now. But is fair to say that's mostly thanks to the PlayStation. That little thing selling 100 million was REALLY absurd. It extended the popolarity of videogames in America, and literally created a new one in Europe and many other markets...

It sold that much cause Sony could distribute the console to areas where no other console manufacturer went before. Sega and Nintendo were way smaller at the time, as the electronics giant Sony had already had the proper channels everywhere. It took a more globalized world for the others to catch up in various markets. But that market was wholly revived and sustained by Nintendo, so it was mostly thanks to Nintendo.




Switch has basically joined the 50M+ club which according to VGC consists of 12 other members.



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