As of right now, the Switch is currently outpacing the former record holder the 2008 Nintendo DS, which sold a whopping 29 Million Units in 2008 alone, and in terms of Home consoles the Wii was the former record holder selling around 25M in 2008 as well. The Switch is currently on pace to beat both of them.
Here are the current stats:
DS in 2008 after 31 weeks: 12.59 mil
Swtich in 2020 after 31 weeks: 13.34 mil
As of right now, the Switch is outpacing the 2008 DS which is absolutely insane and something most people never expected coming from any video game console after the DS. AND NINTENDO STILL CANT MEET DEMAND, they thought that their effort to ramp up production for more supply would eventually make the Switch shortages stop this summer, but even Nintendo themselves underestimated the shear amount of demand there is for the Switch and does not even know when there will ever be enough supply to meet this demand in 2020. So if the Switch was more in supply chances are the total would be even higher than it is right now which is crazy. From what I remember the DS while it was selling like crazy, Nintendo was still able to meet demand as I was able to get one fairly easy in 2008 during its prime.
The Switch is currently up YoY 93% from 2019, so essentially the Switch so far is selling twice as much as 2019 which is also insane since 2019 was considered extremely successful shipping over 20M Switch's, a thing only 3 other consoles were able to accomplish (PS2,Wii,DS). Selling twice as much as 2019 Switch is just unprecedented and mind blowing. If the Switch were to keep this up for the entire year, the Switch would sell 38M units, which would kill the DS's record by 9M for most sold in a calendar year.
While it's highly unlikely the Switch will come close to selling 38M in 2020 alone, I believe the Switch has a legit chance of hitting 30M this calendar year if Nintendo could meet demand, which is a huge if.
At this point the MINIMUM the Switch will sell in 2020 has to be 25M, cause let's say for the rest of the year from here on out the Switch somehow sells 2019 numbers, the Switch would still be at 24M, which is impossible for it to happen since the Switch is up literally 100% YoY from 2019. Even if it's growth drops to a more conservative 50% YoY, the Switch would sell 31M in 2020 alone, which would beat the DS's record.
So for the Switch to beat the record-breaking DS's 2008 calendar year, it needs to surpass 29M sold for 2020. Do you think this will happen?