Since the Switch launched in 2017, there’s been regular news as to how well it’s been selling worldwide. Nintendo has not been shy about sharing that information every few months when it can look back on how far the system has come. A new report was shown at a recent investor’s briefing where Nintendo President Furukawa showed off various charts breaking down Switch sales across the three main markets (North America, Europe and Japan).
The simple way of looking at it is that the Switch’s growth is on the rise. One chart shows that compared to fiscal year 2018 (April 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018), Switch sales are up by 35% (April 1, 2018 to March 30, 2019).
Regionally, the Switch is selling at a rate that matches past Nintendo systems—primarily the Wii, DS, and 3DS (all of which were very successful).
In Japan, the Switch has been selling slightly less than the DS and 3DS did in the same amount of time, but its performance is equal to that of the Wii. The opposite is true for North America, as Switch sales have been over the handhelds and more in-line with the Wii. Though, it’s still too early to see if it will completely match the Wii’s performance at the same period of over two years. As for Europe, the Switch has been selling at a pace just a tad above the 3DS, but lower than the DS and Wii.
Putting them all together, the Switch sales have been mirroring the 3DS, but track under the DS and Wii. Given that the console is still just a little over two years old, it is completely up in the air as to what will happen in the future.
Special variables include the fact that Nintendo is now making progress with releasing the Switch in China—a previously untouched market. There’s also the growing threat of the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles coming perhaps by 2020 or 2021. And of course, the jury is still out as to whether or not a new Switch model (or models) will be releasing this year or next.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.