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trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:

Yeah pre-launch I honestly thought the Switch would fail. Never imagined it would be in with a chance of outselling the PS2.

Imagine going back to 2016 and telling people the Wii U's successor would outsell the PS4, you'd be called delusional.

Once the Switch was unveiled and we saw the first year's lineup I knew it was going to be at a minimum a decent success. Having all the usual Nintendo games and mainline Pokemon games were going to sell a decent amount. The Switch is the first Nintendo platform I've owned since the N64 and Game Boy Color. I couldn't pass up Mario Odyssey as Mario 64 is my favorite Nintendo game of all time and the gen 1 Pokemon remakes as I loved Red / Blue / Yellow as a kid. 

After the colossal failure of the Wii U I just had no faith left in Nintendo at the time.



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curl-6 said:
trunkswd said:

Once the Switch was unveiled and we saw the first year's lineup I knew it was going to be at a minimum a decent success. Having all the usual Nintendo games and mainline Pokemon games were going to sell a decent amount. The Switch is the first Nintendo platform I've owned since the N64 and Game Boy Color. I couldn't pass up Mario Odyssey as Mario 64 is my favorite Nintendo game of all time and the gen 1 Pokemon remakes as I loved Red / Blue / Yellow as a kid. 

After the colossal failure of the Wii U I just had no faith left in Nintendo at the time.

A new generation is a fresh start. Look at what Nintendo has done. GameCube to Wii to Wii U to Switch. It is like a rollercoaster of success. 



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trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:

After the colossal failure of the Wii U I just had no faith left in Nintendo at the time.

A new generation is a fresh start. Look at what Nintendo has done. GameCube to Wii to Wii U to Switch. It is like a rollercoaster of success. 

True, but around 2016 Nintendo just seemed so completely and hopelessly out of touch I just had no confidence in them anymore. I'm very glad to have been mistaken.



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curl-6 said:
trunkswd said:

A new generation is a fresh start. Look at what Nintendo has done. GameCube to Wii to Wii U to Switch. It is like a rollercoaster of success. 

True, but around 2016 Nintendo just seemed so completely and hopelessly out of touch I just had no confidence in them anymore. I'm very glad to have been mistaken.

They were biding their time and saving up some great games for a killer first year to get momentum going out of the gate. 



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trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:

True, but around 2016 Nintendo just seemed so completely and hopelessly out of touch I just had no confidence in them anymore. I'm very glad to have been mistaken.

They were biding their time and saving up some great games for a killer first year to get momentum going out of the gate. 

True, but we didn't know that in 2016 though.



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curl-6 said:
trunkswd said:

They were biding their time and saving up some great games for a killer first year to get momentum going out of the gate. 

True, but we didn't know that in 2016 though.

Quite true. Nintendo wasn't looking too great with a lack of games and the failure of the Wii U in 2016. 



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Switch vs PS4 Sales Comparison - April 2021

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013, while the Nintendo Switch launched worldwide in March 2017. Therefore, the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup, which is why there are big increases and decreases.

Switch Vs. PS4 Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,594,229 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 9,017,604 - Switch

Total Lead: 11,351,550 - Switch

Switch Total Sales: 84,880,177

PS4 Total Sales: 73,528,627

April 2021 is the 50th month that the Nintendo Switch has been available for. During the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 by 1.59 million units when compared to the Switch during the same timeframe. In the last 12 months, the Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 by 9.02 million units. The Switch is currently ahead of the PlayStation 4 by 11.35 million units.

The 50th month on sale for the Nintendo Switch is April 2021, while for the PlayStation 4 it is December 2017. The Switch has sold 84.88 million units, while the PlayStation 4 sold 73.53 million units during the same timeframe. The PlayStation 4 did not reach current Switch sales until month 60.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 115.52 million units through March 2021. The Nintendo Switch is currently 30.64 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 4.

At the beginning of 2020 there was a thread where 2/3 of forum posters voted that Switch would never outsell PS4.  This is quite a change from basically a year and a half ago.



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Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Global Lifetime Sales - April 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of the ‘Switch vs PS4 vs Xbox One Worldwide’ article. This series compares the monthly and lifetime retail sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch through April 2021 shows how the Switch has been consistently gaining on the lifetime PS4 sales and growing its lead over the Xbox One. The PS4 is ahead of the Switch by 30.64 million units and the Xbox One by 65.3 million units. The Switch is ahead of the Xbox One by 34.81 million

The PS4 is 3.17 million units away from outselling the Game Boy, which sold 118.69 million units lifetime. The Switch is just 0.92 million units away from outselling the Xbox 360, which sold 85.80 million units lifetime.

The Switch passed the 84 million mark. The PS4 has sold 115.52 million units lifetime, the Switch 84.88 million units, and the Xbox One 50.07 million.

Looking at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 currently leads. The PlayStation 4 has a 46.1 percent market share, the Switch sits at 33.9 percent, and the Xbox One at 20.0 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 115,517,965

Switch Total Sales: 84,880,177

Xbox One Total Sales: 50,067,139

During the month of April 2021, the Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 by 2.19 million units for the month and the Xbox One by 2.31 million units. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 125,747 units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago, the Switch is up, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are down. The Nintendo Switch is up 183,793 units (8.3%), the PlayStation 4 is down 1,127,523 units (-84.4%) and the Xbox One is down 403,137 units (-82.9%).

Looking at the marketshare, the Switch managed to achieve 89.1 percent of the monthly sales. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 7.8 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One 3.1 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 208,957

Switch Monthly Sales: 2,395,283

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 83,210

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched in November 2013, while the Switch launched three years and four months later in March 2017.

As a reminder, VGChartz tracks consoles sold to consumers and not units shipped.



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trunkswd said:
curl-6 said:

After the colossal failure of the Wii U I just had no faith left in Nintendo at the time.

A new generation is a fresh start. Look at what Nintendo has done. GameCube to Wii to Wii U to Switch. It is like a rollercoaster of success. 

Well, I'd hope for some stability for once. I'm not sure if the company can sustain so many ups and downs, having to reinvent their whole hardware strategy every two generations has to be straining. Once the Switch's successor comes, I hope it just continues with the Switch's strategy (and it's BC, because if it uses cartridges there's no reason not to expect it).



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2.4 Million units in an "average" april. With that I mean no kind of big realease or something like that. Thats incredible.

Darwinianevolution said:
trunkswd said:

A new generation is a fresh start. Look at what Nintendo has done. GameCube to Wii to Wii U to Switch. It is like a rollercoaster of success. 

Well, I'd hope for some stability for once. I'm not sure if the company can sustain so many ups and downs, having to reinvent their whole hardware strategy every two generations has to be straining. Once the Switch's successor comes, I hope it just continues with the Switch's strategy (and it's BC, because if it uses cartridges there's no reason not to expect it).

I feel and hope the same. Switch 2 should be like Switch, but with more advanced tech. So basically a boring hardware-update, but I think due to the huge success, it is the best Nintendo could do.