Nintendo dropped a massive bomb just a few hours ago with its recent financial report. With sales of Switch now hitting over 50 million as of December 31, 2019, the system is now officially ahead of the Wii U, Gamecube, N64 and SNES. The next milestone is the NES.
Well-known industry analyst Daniel Ahmad did what he does best with the data from the report and compiled it into a variety of charts that show off a lot of interesting statistics. One of these charts shows that after the Switch’s current shelflife of 34 months, the system’s sales performance is ahead of both Sony’s PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 4 consoles.
Here is a similar chart as above, but focused on Nintendo consoles.
The Switch is currently tracking inline with the Nintendo DS, which had also received a boost due to the release of a new model.
Notably ahead of the 3DS and just behind the Wii when launch aligned. pic.twitter.com/jXI24izs6d
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) January 30, 2020
Ahmad also posted a similar chart (the second one) that narrows the data down to focusing on just Switch vs. other recent Nintendo consoles. Here, we see that the Switch is doing better than the 3DS, almost matching the original DS, but lagging a tad behind the Wii.
This data is important due to the fact that both the PS2 and PS4 are some of the only consoles to sell over 100 million units. The PS4 recently achieved a milestone of 106 million units sold worldwide, and the PS2 continues to reign as the best-selling home console ever at 155+ million units sold globally. Thus, the Switch outperforming both of these behemoths at the same point of their shelflife makes a case that Nintendo’s hybrid may become the next system to achieve the coveted “100 Mil Sold” trophy.
Though the Wii was outpacing the Switch at the same stage of its life, the Switch still has a lot of sales potential going forward. It’s taken the console just under three years to break past 50 million, so in three more years, 100+ million units may either be in sight or already accomplished.