Nintendo Switch lifetime sales is closing in on the Nintendo Wii and PS1

With nearly 93 million units sold in 4 years, the Nintendo Switch is only 10 million units away from becoming the fifth-best selling console of all time.


The Nintendo Switch is one of the fastest-selling consoles in history. In just a little over four years, the Nintendo Switch is already well on its way to becoming an all-time great. In fact, with nearly 93 million Switch consoles shipped since 2017, the Switch is close to selling more than the Nintendo Wii throughout its lifetime, as well as the original PlayStation by Sony.

The Nintendo Switch could end up selling just as many units as the PS4 when it's all said and done.

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Nintendo strikes gold with the Switch

The Wii is Nintendo's third console family that made it past the 100 million unit mark in sales.

After the failure that was the Wii U, Nintendo found tremendous success again with the Switch. According to the company's most recent financial report, 3.83 million more units of the Switch were shipped during the latest quarter that ended on September 30, 2021. This brings up the total amount of Switch consoles sold to 92.87 million, solidifying the Switch's lead over the PlayStation 3.

The Switch isn't done either. As we've already mentioned, the console is still in its fourth year in production and Nintendo just launched the Nintendo Switch OLED model. With Nintendo already worried that it won't have enough units available for the holiday season this year, the next financial report could very well see the Nintendo Switch soar close to 100 million units sold. If this happens, then it will be in striking distance of the Wii and the original PlayStation, which hold lifetime sales of 101.63 million and 102.49 million, respectively.

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However, Nintendo isn't one to make bold predictions so fast. The same report suggests that Nintendo has changed its forecast for this financial year, dropping from 25.5 million units to 24 million. It appears that Nintendo didn't expect the drop-off from last year's pandemic numbers to be as big as it is.

With that said, Nintendo has a winner with the Switch in its hands. The only question now is how much further up the rankings it will go.

If we assume that the Switch will go past the Wii and the PS1 in 2022, then its next target is the PS4 with 116 million consoles sold and counting. If the sales numbers of the PS4 stagnate at around 117 million, then the Switch could probably displace it in 2023 or 2024, especially if Nintendo decides to release the long-rumored Nintendo Switch Pro.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is based in the Philippines. He is a lifelong gamer and a PC hardware enthusiast. He builds and repairs laptops and computers for friends and family in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.