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curl-6 said:

Given that 3DS is the third best selling system of all time in Japan, Switch breaking ahead of is quite something.

And as 3DS's legs aren't brilliant from this point on, Switch is probably in the aligned lead for good now.

Japan is the big difference maker with Switch compared to other recent home consoles. 



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PS4 vs DS in Europe Sales Comparison - February 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned European sales of the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo DS.

PlayStation 4 Vs. DS Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 56,949 – PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,882,566 – PS4

Total Lead: 3,463,283 - DS

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 47,842,169

DS Total Sales: 51,305,452

February 2021 is the 88th month that the PlayStation 4 has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the PlayStation 4 has closed the gap when compared with the DS during the same timeframe by 56,949 units. The PlayStation 4 has outsold the DS by 1.88 million units in the last 12 months. The Nintendo DS currently leads by 3.46 million units.

The DS launched in March 2005 in Europe, while the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, that is why you see spikes and dips. The DS is the best-selling platform in Europe in the last two video game generations, while the PlayStation 4 comes in second place.

The 88th month on sale for the PlayStation 4 in Europe is February 2021, while for the Nintendo DS it is June 2012. The PlayStation 4 has sold 47.84 million units, while the Nintendo DS sold 51.31 million units during the same timeframe. The DS sold current PlayStation 4 sales in month 71.

The Nintendo DS ended up selling 51.84 million units lifetime in Europe. The PlayStation 4 is currently 4.00 million units behind the lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS.



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Yeah, I don't think PS4 can catch up now, with a 4 million gap left and it only selling around 20k a week.



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curl-6 said:

Yeah, there's no coming back for the PS4 in the US at this point, unless Nintendo is goes suicidal and replaces the Switch this year or someone goes back in time and assassinates the founder of Nintendo before the company is made.

Nintendo has no reasons to replace the Switch before 2023. We still have hyped games like Metroid Prime 4 and Breath of the Wild sequel with no release date yet. Sometimes I wonder what is going to happen when the BotW sequel arrives. Probably another worldwide boost to Switch sales, even if the console is going to be at the end of it's lifetime.

About the second option... Well, time machines are quite expensive.



Alex_The_Hedgehog said:
curl-6 said:

Yeah, there's no coming back for the PS4 in the US at this point, unless Nintendo is goes suicidal and replaces the Switch this year or someone goes back in time and assassinates the founder of Nintendo before the company is made.

Nintendo has no reasons to replace the Switch before 2023. We still have hyped games like Metroid Prime 4 and Breath of the Wild sequel with no release date yet. Sometimes I wonder what is going to happen when the BotW sequel arrives. Probably another worldwide boost to Switch sales, even if the console is going to be at the end of it's lifetime.

About the second option... Well, time machines are quite expensive.

I know there is no rational or sane reason to replace the Switch anytime soon, I can just never entirely stop worrying because Nintendo do occasionally do some incredibly stupid things. Still, I think it is highly unlikely they'll replace it before 2023 at the earliest the way it's going. 2024 would be my personal preference.



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curl-6 said:
Alex_The_Hedgehog said:

Nintendo has no reasons to replace the Switch before 2023. We still have hyped games like Metroid Prime 4 and Breath of the Wild sequel with no release date yet. Sometimes I wonder what is going to happen when the BotW sequel arrives. Probably another worldwide boost to Switch sales, even if the console is going to be at the end of it's lifetime.

About the second option... Well, time machines are quite expensive.

I know there is no rational or sane reason to replace the Switch anytime soon, I can just never entirely stop worrying because Nintendo do occasionally do some incredibly stupid things. Still, I think it is highly unlikely they'll replace it before 2023 at the earliest the way it's going. 2024 would be my personal preference.

Nintendo seems to be enjoying the success. Also, they announced Splatoon 3 for 2022 on Switch, instead of saving it for a future console. That makes me think the company still see some years for Switch.

In other words, PS4 can't catch the Switch anymore. It dropped faster than I thought after the PS5 release.



Alex_The_Hedgehog said:
curl-6 said:

I know there is no rational or sane reason to replace the Switch anytime soon, I can just never entirely stop worrying because Nintendo do occasionally do some incredibly stupid things. Still, I think it is highly unlikely they'll replace it before 2023 at the earliest the way it's going. 2024 would be my personal preference.

Nintendo seems to be enjoying the success. Also, they announced Splatoon 3 for 2022 on Switch, instead of saving it for a future console. That makes me think the company still see some years for Switch.

In other words, PS4 can't catch the Switch anymore. It dropped faster than I thought after the PS5 release.

Yeah stuff like Splatoon 3 and Project Triangle Strategy being announced as Switch games for 2022 does make me think they're most likely going to continue being smart, it's just as a Nintendo fan for many years there's always that lurking fear that they'll do something really stupid like killing the Wii prematurely or bungling its successor, etc. Then again I am a pessimist by nature haha



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Switch vs Wii Sales Comparison in Europe - February 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned European sales of the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Wii.

Switch Vs. Wii Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 405,747 - Wii

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,471,829 - Switch

Total Lead: 3,656,315 - Wii

Switch Total Sales: 21,046,109

Wii Total Sales: 24,702,424

February 2021 is the 48th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Wii grew its lead by 405,747 units when you align the launches of it with the Switch. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the Wii by just 1.47 million units. The Wii is currently ahead of the Switch by 3.66 million units.

The Wii launched in December 2006, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

The 48th month for the Nintendo Switch is February 2021 and for the Wii it is November 2010. The Switch has sold 21.05 million units, while the Wii sold 24.70 million units during the same timeframe. The Wii sold current Switch sales in month 38.

The Wii sold 33.88 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 12.75 million units to outsell the Wii.



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Wii's burning it's last growth spurt; Switch just needs to hang in there now to pass it in all regions.



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Switch vs PS3 Sales Comparison in Europe - February 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned European sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 3.

Switch Vs. PS3 Europe:

Gap change in latest month: 11,673 - Switch

Gap change over last 12 months: 2,071,366 - Switch

Total Lead: 1,976,417 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 21,046,109

PS3 Total Sales: 19,069,692

February 2021 is the 48th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for in Europe. During the latest month, the Switch grew its lead over the PS3 by 11,673 when you align the consoles launches. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 3 by 2.07 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 3 by 1.98 million units.

The PlayStation 3 launched in Europe in March 2007, while the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

The 48th month for the Nintendo Switch in Europe is February 2021 and for the PlayStation 3 it is February 2011. The Switch has sold 21.05 million units, while the PlayStation 3 has sold 19.07 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 3 did not reach current Switch sales until month 55.

The PlayStation 3 sold 34.99 million units in Europe during its lifetime. The Switch needs to sell another 13.94 million units to catch up to the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 3.



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