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While the PS4 came close in 2017, selling 19.8 million, and Switch came close last year at 19.2 million, no dedicated system tracked at VGChartz has cracked that 20 million mark since the DS did it for the 5th and final time in 2010 (then the “cliff” happened =P). The Wii achieved the goal in 2008 and 2009. And only the PS2 did it prior to VGC in 2002 and 2003 (fiscal 03 and 04).

So apart from Switch’s 2020 Calendar year sales being the first in 10 years, it’s also only the 10th time in history sales of any dedicated console have broken that 20 million mark, and only the fourth system to have done it.

Gameboy came VERY close in fiscal 2001 shipping 19.93 million (and a little over 18 million in 2000). I find GB’s sales to be phenomenal considering it hit its peak a decade after launch. That makes it a bit of a sleeper hit: and perhaps the only dedicated video game system that can claim that title

Rant on why I don’t count the NES as a sleeper hit despite peaking late in its life: the late sales peak wasn’t because of any lack of demand until later, it was mostly because it was really hard to get! Nintendo took forever to get its distribution of the NES correct - and things aren’t like they are now where every little village in the world gets a console shipment - NES was only available in certain cities at regular retail price.

Last edited by Jumpin - on 17 October 2020

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Somehow the entire human population has decided to pretend that the Switch is a home console akin to Xbox and PlayStation consoles, even though you often hear that the Switch's biggest strength is its portability.... I mean can't people see how seriously flawed that categorization is?

Regardless, PS4 actually had a sell-through of 20.2 million units in the year of 2017, so the main premise of this topic itself is incorrect.

https://www.gamepur.com/news/ps4-sold-202-million-units-2017



Sony did 20.2M in 2017.

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Zones said:
Somehow the entire human population has decided to pretend that the Switch is a home console akin to Xbox and PlayStation consoles, even though you often hear that the Switch's biggest strength is its portability.... I mean can't people see how seriously flawed that categorization is?

Regardless, PS4 actually had a sell-through of 20.2 million units in the year of 2017, so the main premise of this topic itself is incorrect.

https://www.gamepur.com/news/ps4-sold-202-million-units-2017

Where did he say anything about it being a home console?



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zorg1000 said:
Zones said:
Somehow the entire human population has decided to pretend that the Switch is a home console akin to Xbox and PlayStation consoles, even though you often hear that the Switch's biggest strength is its portability.... I mean can't people see how seriously flawed that categorization is?

Regardless, PS4 actually had a sell-through of 20.2 million units in the year of 2017, so the main premise of this topic itself is incorrect.

https://www.gamepur.com/news/ps4-sold-202-million-units-2017

Where did he say anything about it being a home console?

He meant to say that you can't compare Switch to anything otherwise it would break Sony's records.

At least that's what I understood.



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20? It's gonna sell 30



Zones said:
Somehow the entire human population has decided to pretend that the Switch is a home console akin to Xbox and PlayStation consoles, even though you often hear that the Switch's biggest strength is its portability.... I mean can't people see how seriously flawed that categorization is?

Regardless, PS4 actually had a sell-through of 20.2 million units in the year of 2017, so the main premise of this topic itself is incorrect.

https://www.gamepur.com/news/ps4-sold-202-million-units-2017

OP said system not home console, and even included DS and Game Boy in the thread



I was going to say that it should, seeing as these systems are basically covering both console and handheld markets, but then I remembered that Wii U+3DS never did it, so yeah, I think this is impressive indeed.



Zones said:
Somehow the entire human population has decided to pretend that the Switch is a home console akin to Xbox and PlayStation consoles, even though you often hear that the Switch's biggest strength is its portability.... I mean can't people see how seriously flawed that categorization is?

Regardless, PS4 actually had a sell-through of 20.2 million units in the year of 2017, so the main premise of this topic itself is incorrect.

https://www.gamepur.com/news/ps4-sold-202-million-units-2017

Here are the problems with your post:

1. No one is pretending the Switch is a home console akin to Xbox and Playstation. You didn't read that in my post; you made that up.

2. You found some other site with alternate numbers, give a big piece of bubble gum! Then come back here, re-read my post... carefully... so you don't again miss the fact that I'm citing our site, VGC, for numbers. These show 19,808,528 sales, not 20.2: https://www.gamepur.com/news/ps4-sold-202-million-units-2017



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Sony already confirmed directly that they sold 20.2 M on 2017. It's a fact. I brought this up to Trunks last year as they initially had 20.2M and they adjusted it down even after Sony specifically said 20.2M. So whether the op is using this sites numbers or not, they are still bullshit!