Switch to overtake on vgchartz notes:
First written as of February 13th.
Heavily updated April 10th.
Switch recently outsold GBA (16.96) then SNES (17.17) in Japan.
Switch recently outsold PS1 (9.04), Xbox 360 (9.16), and Wii (9.48) in rest of world.
Switch recently outsold 3DS (75.92) globally.
Switch needs 100,000 sales to outsell PS3 in North America.
(achieved 20th of February)
Switch needs 420,000 sales to outsell 3DS in Europe.
(on track to overtake during 20th of March). Achieved.
Switch needs 660,000 sales to outsell GBA in Europe. (on track for April 3rd).
Achieved April 3rd/Easter.
Switch needs 1.08 million sales to outsell NES in Japan. (1st May?)
Accelerated April 24th.
Switch needs 2.46 million sales to outsell PSP globally. (17 April?)
(accelerated to April 3rd).
Achieved during week before April 3rd/Easter.
Switch needs 2.88 million sales to outsell GBA globally. (1st May?)
(accelerated to April 17).
Achieved April 3rd/Easter.
Other consoles the Switch is expected to overtake this next year or so.
During 2021 in North America: Xbox One (31.95*) and NES (33.49).
At 30.82 million as of April 10th.
During H1 2022 in North America: PS4 (37.93*) and GBA (40.39).
Possibly even PS1 (40.78).
During 2021 in Europe: PSP (24.41) and Xbox 360 (25.87).
During H1 2022 in Europe: approaching, but not reaching PS1 (31.09).
During 2021 in Japan: PSP (20.01), PS1 (21.59), PS2 (23.18), 3DS (24.64*).
19.22 million as of April 10th.
During H1 2022 in Japan: continuing to sell well.
During 2021 in rest of world: DS (12.43), PS3 (12.53). 10.96 million as of April 10th.
During H1 2022 in rest of world: PSP (15.26).
During 2021 globally: Xbox 360 (85.80), PS4 87.41). 82.43 million as of April 10th.
During H1 2022 globally: Wii (101.64), PS1 (102.50).
So you can see that Switch sold well through that period with my Easter estimates being very conservative and Monster Hunter taking over well there. Mid April through until August there were shortages of Switch last year so I’d expect Switch to beat those hardware numbers.
Hype for Pokemon Snap is strong for the end of April.
There was an expected slow May and early June and that’s fine. We need to switch off for a bit.
However Rune Factory 5 steps into that gap alongside Miitopia.
Mario Golf in late June after post-E3 hype settles.
Monster Hunter Stories 2 in July.
Zelda: Skyward Sword in July.
Possibly a slower August and September focused on indies as people start to hold out for new hardware or buy older titles for birthdays and Christmas, and that’s ok. Supply would be tight with old hardware so they can slow burn through that inventory and then discount after new model releases.
October new model. 15% better performance over better battery model for same battery life.
Helps loading times and hitting 30FPS spec slightly. Slight resolution bump for games with adaptive resolution.
Possible OLED screen with higher brightness, better blacks and more colour/lighting accuracy.
4K 60FPS compatible dock so Switch to solve the 4K TV issue.
All similar to the Xbox One vs Xbox One S upgrade.
Things look bright for Nintendo and they shouldn’t crash too far from the peak during 2022.
2023 will be a quiet year, but they can then launch the Nvidia Ampere 8nm model during late 2023 or early 2024 (probably March 2024) as a new system that supports new games. Or supports 60FPS, higher resolutions and Nvidia DLSS low latency AI upscaling for 4K with old games.
The DLSS will take major patches and effort and only work with bigger games using certain engines, but the rest should be easier updates.
So there’s good potential roadmaps and the Switch brand should stay strong for a long time.