Niko Partners industry analyst Daniel Ahmad has reported that Japanese Switch sales have now passed the lifetime sales of the Nintendo Wii in the region. The Wii’s lifetime sales in Japan total 12.75 million, and according to numbers recently reported by Famitsu, the Switch has now hit 12,801,222 hardware sales there.
Fairly notable that Nintendo were able to build up a large supply of units for AC launch week, will be interesting to see how supply holds up in the following weeks.
The Nintendo Switch has also surpassed the Wii in lifetime hardware sales (12.7m).
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) March 25, 2020
New Horizons boost
Earlier today we reported that the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons had caused a significant spike in Japanese Switch sales. Last week in the region alone 392,576 Switch hardware units were sold, beating the console’s debut week on sale in Japan. According to Ahmad, the Switch Lite model is now easier to locate than the original, and the launch of the limited edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch model, as well as the Coral Switch Lite, has only helped boost sales even more.
With this new data, the Switch is the third-best selling home Nintendo console in the Japan region. Famicom and Super Famicom, in that order, have still sold more units by an appreciable margin. Of course, there is plenty of time for that to change.
We’ll have to see just how well the game sold around the rest of the world when the numbers are finally released.