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Forums - Sales Discussion - Switch has outsold Wii U + 3DS

Its two predecessors sold 89.5 million units combined according to Nintendo, (13.56 + 75.94) so as of the latest weekly numbers, Switch has outsold them both.

Early in the Switch's life is was often argued by some that because it was replacing them both, it would have to sell better than both to be a success. This number was also often held up as the maximum potential audience for Switch, as the sum total of their previous home console and handheld install base.

Well, here we are.

Last edited by curl-6 - on 26 August 2021

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

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Now when will it outsell the Wii and Gamecube combined

Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Now when will it outsell the Wii twice over.

The Switch isn't officially a success before it outsells every previous Nintendo console combined. 

@Leynos Probably by the end of next year.

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Leynos said:

Now when will it outsell the Wii and Gamecube combined

Forget that!

When will switch outsell NES + SNES + N64 + GC + Wii + Wii U.

VGC will never be satisfied, EVER!!! The cliff is always there


The Switch isn't a success unless every person on Earth has one.

My bet with The_Liquid_Laser: I think the Switch won't surpass the PS2 as the best selling system of all time. If it does, I'll play a game of a list that The_Liquid_Laser will provide, I will have to play it for 50 hours or complete it, whatever comes first. 

I recall seeing arguments from people that it in fact has to outsell DS and Wii since that was Nintendo's peak...

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I did say that NX has to outsell the Wii U and 3DS combined to be a true success, but then again, I was never one of those people who looked at Nintendo as a company that is just in for survival instead of being a company that has the ambition to be the market leader.

Switch was far more successful than the Wii U and 3DS long before it eclipsed its two predecessors in unit sales, but the bar to overcome in regards to profitability was set very low by the Wii U and 3DS. The fiscal year ending March 2018 had already put Switch ahead of the Wii U and 3DS in terms of profitability, so it was clear since then that the only serviceable remaining comparison would be the Wii and DS. Even that is a bar that Switch can clear despite not being able to match the Wii and DS combined in unit sales of hardware and software.

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

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I'd say Wii U + 3ds is the minimum a unified device should be able to sell (if it wasn't that popular). Wii + DS would be the maximum if it was the most popular device of all time-level.

I think in the end it will be closer to the first than the second, but still ahead by tens of millions.