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Switch sells 10 million units worldwide

Posted on December 12, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News

Switch has sold 10 million units worldwide, Nintendo has announced. That’s despite the fact that the system arrived in March, which is atypical for console launches.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said today that “fans all over the world can enjoy playing Nintendo Switch wherever they go.” He added that Nintendo is doing its best to satisfy demand during the holiday shopping season.

You can read today’s full announcement below.

Despite launching in March, a month not usually reserved for home console launches, and with the busy holiday shopping season still in full swing, the Nintendo Switch system has already sold 10 million units to consumers around the world, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures.

Nintendo Switch is a home console that can be played on a TV, and also taken instantly on the go – it lets people play their favorite games anytime, anywhere and with anyone. And since every Nintendo Switch system comes bundled with two Joy-Con controllers, players can easily share the fun of compatible multiplayer games with friends and family* right out of the box.

The robust and diverse library on Nintendo Switch features two of the most acclaimed video games of all time in Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. At The Game Awards last week in Los Angeles, Super Mario Odyssey won the award for Best Family Game. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was honored with the awards for Game of the Year, Best Action/Adventure Game and Best Game Direction.

Nintendo Switch is also home to fun multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and ARMS that can be played online or with friends and family in the same room, as well as an ever-growing list of great third-party games like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, FIFA 18, Rocket League, L.A. Noire, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Golf Story and Stardew Valley, Nintendo Switch is truly for any player.

“As you can see in people’s living rooms, on a plane or riding the subway, fans all over the world can enjoy playing Nintendo Switch wherever they go,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The response from fans has been great, and we’re doing our very best to satisfy demand during the holiday shopping season.”

After a record-breaking 2017, Nintendo Switch will continue its momentum in 2018. The system will see the launch of Nintendo-published games like Kirby Star Allies, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and a new game in the beloved Yoshi franchise, in addition to big third-party games like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus from Bethesda, Mega Man 11 from Capcom, PROJECT OCTOPATH TRAVELER (working title) from Square Enix, Shovel Knight: King of Cards from Yacht Club Games and Runner3 from Choice Provisions.

Source: Nintendo PR

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  • KnightWonder

    3 million more and they’ll beat the WiiU’s total life sales.

    • Wanderlei

      It will do it under a year too.

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    • Aline Piroutek

      How many sales in up to Christmas?

  • Justin McQuillen

    Where is your god now. Motherf*ckers better recognize this ain’t your f*cking day.

    • Roto Prime


    • Game_God

      I’m here… I’m everywhere…

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Great numbers so far but even being a Nintendo fanboy I still need to take a step back and see these numbers grow steadily for a year or more before saying it’s truly successful. We don’t want a one year wonder here.

    • Justin McQuillen

      It hasn’t even been a year. I think it will hit 15 million before 1 year is up.

    • Gregory Weagle

      Agreed. Remember that Nintendo 3DS’s mark was around 15-17 million units at the end of their calendar year. I think the Switch sales need a lot of buyers in the next few months or so (because I think the sales are as of the end of November.) to get even close to that by the end of the fiscal year, let alone calendar.

      Still; Wii U surpassed ten million in 2 1/2 years while Switch did it in a little less than nine months, so there’s that.

      • nemo37

        The 3DS numbers you are reporting are shipped not what was sold. 3DS sold 12 million units by the end of December and shipped 15 million units by the same period (shipment numbers is higher because it typically accounts for store stock for the upcoming months; so the amount they ship towards the end of December is what they are expecting to sell in January). By the end March 2011 (end of fiscal year) the 3DS was at 15 million units sold and 17 million units shipped.

        Nintendo forecasting 17 million units shipped units for Switch (similar to 3DS’s first year), they seem to be ahead of where 3DS was in terms of sales for Switch, so having 17 million units shipped by the end of this fiscal year is within reach.

        • Gregory Weagle

          Okay; I misread Wikipedia’s numbers then. Got to stop doing that. Sorry.

          So yeah; it’s more than doable now, and they might even surpass those numbers. Question now is; can it surpass Wii’s first year sales? Probably not, but who knows. I put nothing pass Switch now.

          • nemo37

            It is no problem. I also initially got the Shipped and sold-through confused. If you want sold-through information a good place to check would be the monthly NPD report for the US (that has the US numbers sold every month) and Media Create for Japan. VGChartz also does weekly estimates for sold through information. Shipped information (which is what is on 3DS’s wiki page and on Nintendo’s investor relations site) is typically reported by the company at their investors meeting (because technically companies make money as soon as they sell their product to a store as opposed to selling it to the customer; so the shipped number is typically what is reported to investors with regards to earnings reports).

      • Gregory Weagle

        Okay; it was as of December 10th in the press release in Japan.

    • Melatelo

      I’ll tell you now there is zero chance of this. With Pokémon, Metroid, Fire Emblem, Pikmin, Kirby, Yoshi, Bayo- and that’s just what we know of for now, coming from Nintendo alone. Look at that list and tell me how the system won’t continue to sell as it is now. What a time to be a Nintendo gamer.

  • GMB

    Good thing I was screencapping all the trolls and haters saying that the switch will flop. ~^.^~

  • carlos holguin holguin

    and christmas is coming in 2 weeks.. i can see another million or 2 by the end of january

    • Tlozbj

      Shoot higher, mah boy! Depending on much they ship, in Japan alone they could sell 1 million units and a bit more


    F*** all the dumb trolls and haters who thought the Switch would never sell 10 million before 2017 ended. They will just go on their damage control and meltdown now.

    • Stuart

      Even sooner this week I was reading a bunch of guys in a forum posting numbers trying to prove how Switch wouldn’t make it to 10 millions this week. The haters just don’t give up.

    • Aline Piroutek

      No one thought it would sell 10 million in less than a year. This thing is a monster!

  • Roto Prime
  • Stuart

    Evryone was predicting that Switch would outsell Wii U until the end of this fiscal year(march),but there is a good chance it will outsell until the end of this freaking month.

    This is even a game anymore,is a [email protected] slaughter.

  • Aline Piroutek

    Yeah, Sony will need to buy all the games to be not on Switch.

    • TDude73

      HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!

  • Roto Prime

    <3….my guess, I have no idea…they should make Clear Joy cons!!!

    • GMB
      • Roto Prime

        Why did you show me this?!!! I AM NOW MAD AT YOU GMB….I WILL BE BROKE FOREVER!!!!!

        • GMB

          You want to be even more mad? The guy accepts personal designs too, I had him make me a rockman battle network themed switch! It cost 600 usd but well worth it imo XD

          • Roto Prime

            NNOOOOOOOOO, STOP, too AMAZING!!!!!!! Please post picture and video of you baby when you get it!!!

          • Aline Piroutek

            I used to draw a lot of Battle Network things when I was a 8 year old kid. Love the series.

    • Jaxad0127


      There is a very large aftermarket for JoyCon shells. And custom Pro Controller pieces. Etc.

      • Roto Prime

        Wowzers, this is some deep lore stuff….thanks!

  • nemo37

    Nintendo is expecting to ship the same number units of Switch in 2017/early-2018 as 3DS in 2011/early-2012. By the end December 3DS sold around 12 million units and shipped around 15 million units by the end of the fiscal year (March 2011) 3DS was at around 15 million units sold with 17 million shipped. Switch so far is ahead of where 3DS was entering December, so it is on track, at minimum be able to match (hopefully even exceed) 3DS’s sold through rate by the end of December. I hope that production issues in Japan and high pricing in US (which may turn off the family and kids base Nintendo is targeting for this holiday season) do not get in the way of that.

    • I think the production will be steady on 2018 if they don’t come up with big seller titles, but who knwos what thrid parties game will come to chmage those numbers, the high pricing isn’t an issue here we are not in recetion anymore like 2008, about Japan production that is other thing can hurt Switch sales imo.

  • Man

    Initial goal met!

  • AJK

    Wait for it. The usual idiots will soon he here saying ‘but will it still be selling next year’ etc. 🙂

  • Drybonekoopa85

    I’m going to be buying a second switch for my 6 soon to be 7 year old son next year. He is getting a 2DS this Christmas. Going to see how he does with the 2DS before getting him a Switch.

    Congratulations Nintendo on the amazing first year! I’m excited for year two with games coming like…

    Outlast 1 and 2
    Project Octopath
    Dragon Quest Builders 1 and 2
    Dragon Quest 11
    Bayonetta 1 and 2
    Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2
    Mega Man 11
    Street Fighter 30th Anniversary
    Kirby Switch
    Yoshi Switch
    Fire Emblem Switch
    Maybe we will be seeing Pokemon Switch or Metroid Prime 4 next year as well.

    These are just SOME of the games we know about. Nintendo is on fire!!!

    • Outlast 1 & 2 where is the link will release on Switch? Just say’

  • Kenshin0011

    I honestly didn’t believe they’d be able to manufacture that many! Kudos to them!

  • Tlink7

    Amazing, almost beat the Wii U’s lifetime sales in little over seven months and got to 1/3rd of the total Xbone install base in the same amount of time… go go Nintendo 😀

  • TDude73

    Nintendo truly deserve that milestone. The Nintendo Switch sold 10 million units worldwide! I’m so very proud of this company. Since I had bought an NES in 1988, Nintendo have truly changed the way we play video games. That tradition continues today… and the Switch have truly become one of the best systems imaginable. Just 3 million more until we surpass the Wii U by the end of February 2018. Now you’re playing with power!

  • awng782


  • IBO

    such a low number…

    • Gregory Weagle

      yeah; it wasn’t 70 million units. Even though it took Sony four years to pull that off. Never mind Wii sold 100 million and DS sold 150 million in five years. So yeah; a lot of low numbers from these hardware salespeople. STEP IT UP~!


    • Ektoras Kalderis

      Mentally challenged?

      • IBO


  • Color me happily stunned at this! Coming off of the Wii U, I would have considered 6-7 million sold by the end of the fiscal year to be a success, so to have ten million with three weeks left in the calendar year is nothing short of breathtaking. This has gone just so far above and beyond even my wildest hopes. So happy as a long suffering Nintendo fan.

  • Mark

    I’m glad – as handheld gaming is pretty much all I can manage now, I’m glad that we have a handheld that’s doing so well and making impressive console-level games.

    It makes me wonder what the future has in store, four or five years from now. Will Nintendo ever leave their two-system strategy, which gives them that safety net? And if one of the two systems is a hybrid, what will the new system be?

  • TruExtent

    It’s not the article’s fault for “messing up” the distinction between 3rd Party and Indies. That was in Nintendo’s PR announcement. So Nintendo’s words. Plus those Indies kinda are 3rd party. If it’s not made by Nintendo (1st party) or a Nintendo owned studio like HAL (2nd party), then it’s a 3rd party title. You do have the distinction between types of 3rd party tittles like big AAA releases and small Indie releases.

    • Princess_Eevee9

      Except the very reason Indies are called Indies are due to them not wanting to be considered 3rd Partys and Retro Alternative gaming styles. Surely a Journalist can deduce enough information from common practices and what information is out there to come to these conclusions.

      • TruExtent

        Not sure why we’re back to this after more than a week, but I’ll bite.

        I figured Indies were called what they are because they wanted to separate themselves from the bigger AAA games as something unique. I don’t think that changes the fact that they are 3rd party titles by definition.

        I’m positive a journalist can figure out what counts as a big 3rd party title vs an indie game. (Heck, I definitely trust Brian knows this.) But let me reiterate: All Brian did was post Nintendo’s PR statement. It’s not the journalist at fault here, it’s Nintendo’s PR team. Even then I wouldn’t count that as a fault. They are talking about Stardew Valley and Golf Story in the same vein as big titles like Skyrim and Mario and Rabbids. I’ll count that as showing serious respect towards the indies’ works and I commend that.

        • Princess_Eevee9

          I wanted a week to pass cause thought you’d wise up but no you’re still saying some ridiculously stupid things. Please let me have some of that quality stuff you’re blazing if you think those titles you mentioned are even close in value to Elder Scrolls: Skyrim HELL they’re not even close to that Ubisoft monstrosity. Indies are fun for what they are and some actually go beyond their limitations and hit peaks of being great games like Cave Story, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Hat in Time, and Cuphead. But you are right, time for this Chat is doneso. Peace.

          • TruExtent

            I’ll tell ya now, I’ve got nothing to blaze. (Hell the last time I smelled anything like that, I felt sick to my stomach. Some idiots were out back of where I work and the smell was getting in our building. We called security. =P) Sorry I couldn’t see eye to eye with ya. I’ll see you around the site. Peace.

  • RIP Xbox One

  • Aiddon

    And they’re not even at full power

  • The Watcher

    I know a much older console which sold 10 million in 6 months this year and sold another 1.5 million after another month which is November.

    • Stuart

      Isn’t great when all the consoles do well? 😀

      • The Watcher

        it depends

        • Stuart

          Too bad.

        • True, imo Wii sold well but the same time hurt thrid parties support for AAA games, what you think about it?

          • The Watcher

            The Wii was advertised as a weightloss fitness machine gimmick not as a games console hence the backlash the Wii U got.

            And Nintendo thought the Wii brand sold because of gaming… I thought they were smart.

            Also Nintendo lost its ‘Nintendo seal of quality’ in favor of money coming from tons of shovel ware.

            On the other hand the Switch sells because its a handheld like the DS not as a home console.
            Now all of Nintendo’s eggs or balls are put in just one basket not two.

            We will see how that will work.

          • That was the downside of Wii era please casuals gamers, The good thing of Switch is the versatility home/handle mode make more easier for users, as well their unreal engine make easier access for devs port their games, but only I wished switch Dock could make more than 1080p maybe on Switch Pro when Nintendo catching up with their competitors, kinda off topic you would like join our discord server. We’re a community of Nintendo gamers we debate and discuss on chat daily, I feel you will make a great contribution to our community, If you are interested in the future to join us the link is on my bio. Good day sir, great chatting with you.

          • The Watcher

            I remember Nitendo’s SNES, N64, Gamecube used to be cutting edge in power, features, AAA games development, cutting edge AAA game design, etc. And PlayStation consoles were inferior.
            Now its just playing catch up with PS4.

          • The Watcher

            It also doesn’t help that Nintendo loyalists only support Nintendo made games and shun 3rd party games AAA or not.
            Its a catch 22 situation really.

      • Justin McQuillen

        Not when all but one are trash. I liked the competition better when it was called Sega.

  • The Watcher

    I also know a home console that surpassed a 6 year old Nintendo handheld console in 4 years time in hardware and software sales.

  • Radish

    Lol, I like how they mention Runner3 along with Wolfenstein 2 for next year’s momentum. Cute! : >

  • awng782

    The Switch (most likely) sold around 2.7 million units in Japan by December 10th, which means the it sold around 7.3 million units in the west.

    My regional sales estimates:
    Japan: 2.7 million
    North America: 4.0 million
    Europe + ROTW: 3.3 million

    Note that all of these numbers are sell-through figures to consumers. Nintendo will report higher shipment figures to investors come late January when their shareholder meetings take place.

  • Morian

    Analyst and trolls are scratching their heads right now.

    “How is this even possible? We are living in an alternate reality!”

    Reasons why the Switch has to fail:

    1. Underpowered! Can’t run exquisite modern AAA games.
    2. Handhelds consoles are doomed by the smarphone revolution.
    3. Cartridges! This is the N64 all over again!
    3.5 Also, pathetic 32GB of internal storage.
    4. Terrible online services.
    5. Full of Wii U ports. It’s just a Wii U redo.
    6. Overpriced!

    Haters can’t even blame the “filThy caZuals!” this time around because the Switch lineup is full of games for the gamer.

  • Pinkie-Dawn

    Watch as the haters and Pretendos still think the Switch is not a good system because of it lacking features like Hulu or Netflix and major AAA third-party titles like Soul Calibur VI, regardless if they end up being unfinished buggy messes. The Switch’s sales alone should already destroy those arguments.

    • JasonBall

      Hulu is there though

      • Pinkie-Dawn

        Then just Netflix.

  • Pepperkeet

    Remember when Nintendo said they would sell 14M by the end of their first year
    and people said it was stupid…


    Wow, that’s impressive!

    I even went for it in the end.

    I totally prefer to play on the ps4 at home, but on the go?… You know the rest!

  • The Watcher

    I know a console that sold 10 million in 6 months this year -from June to November.

  • Don Zaloog

    Amazing. I think it may pass Wii U in less than 1 year.