It’s no secret that the Nintendo Switch has been selling extremely well across the board. The system has done serious numbers across the board in country after country, and one region that has continually supported it has been none other than its home turf of Japan. In the archipelago nation, the Nintendo Switch closed out the tumultuous year of 2020 selling 590,000 units between the dates of December 21, 2020 and January 3, 2021, reports Famitsu. That means in the span of two weeks, the Switch sold over a half-million units.
Meanwhile, things aren’t boding too well for Sony’s newly-released PS5. Due to supply constraints, the system only sold 23,000 units that same week. It was actually outpaced by its predecessor, the PS4, which still garnered a surprising 30,000 units despite it now being formally replaced. Perhpas folks bought this as a way to settle for not getting a PS5 for the time being, or are waiting for the PS5 to drop in price over the next few years. Either way, the focus is clearly on the Nintendo Switch family of systems.
The Switch’s success in Japan is particularly notable due to the fact that the gamers there have long had a keen interest in handhelds. That’s why even the likes of the PS Vita managed to find some moderate success there. With the Switch being a hybrid, and the Switch Lite being portable-only, the platform as a whole appeals greatly to the gaming trends in Japan. Thus, the Switch should no doubt continue to do well there as the years go on. If an unorthodox docked-only Nintendo Switch “Pro” of some sort were to ever actually materialize, chances are Japanese gamers would still perhaps opt for something like the Lite instead.
In related news, the Nintendo Switch sold gangbusters over in the UK throughout 2020, being the best-selling console there for the entire year.