It happened. It actually happened. Per data from the NPD Group, Nintendo Switch (including Nintendo Switch Lite) was the top-selling game console in the United States for the month of November, selling more than 1.35 million units spurred by the likes of Black Friday sales and a Switch / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo Switch Online bundle. That means Nintendo Switch has been the top-selling U.S. console for 24 consecutive months, an incredible and record-breaking achievement.
Additionally, this year Nintendo has sold 6.92 million Nintendo Switch units in the U.S. so far, which already is over 426,000 more units than was sold in the entirety of 2019. And of course, the month of December 2020 still remains to play out.
Of course, what makes 24 consecutive months of Nintendo Switch being the top-selling U.S. console even more impressive is that the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles released in November. Switch beating them both feels like a Rocky IV-esque, picture-perfect ending to an epic sales saga. Although, it’s also important to spell out that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S have sold out instantly everywhere that they appear. Thus, Nintendo Switch likely beat PlayStation and Xbox by simply having more units available to sell across the month of November.