Now officially four years since its launch in 2017, the Nintendo Switch continues to remain a strong seller in its largest market, the US. Not only has the system been a hit basically its entire shelf life up until now, but it’s continuing to be a chart-topper. The NPD report for this March proves that this feat isn’t one that seems to be fading for the little hybrid.
Mat Piscatella, a main figure at the NPD, recently posted stats from the March 2021 NPD report showing just how healthy Switch’s performance currently is. The report reveals that Nintendo’s hybrid was the best-selling system in terms of units and dollars throughout March. Piscatella also mentioned that “In the first quarter, Nintendo Switch was the unit sales leader while PlayStation 5 ranked first in hardware dollar sales.”
US NPD HW – Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars during the month of March. In the first quarter, Nintendo Switch was the unit sales leader while PlayStation 5 ranked first in hardware dollar sales.
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) April 16, 2021
Not going anywhere
The fact that Switch is still proving to be a formidable contender in an arena now inundated with next-gen consoles is quite the achievement. That said, Sony’s PS5 did manage to become the “fastest-selling console in all of U.S. history in terms of both unit and dollar sales”, according to Piscatella. This is after just five months of being on the market. Considering the intense love of PlayStation that most of the industry has, this isn’t surprising. Yet, the Switch still isn’t being eclipsed by very much.
Sony and Microsoft have yet to provide hard numbers for any of their systems thus far, but it’s still going to take either side a while before they get anywhere near to the 80+ million units that the Switch has amassed worldwide so far.
As talks of a heavily-rumored enhanced Switch unit continue to heavily swirl, Nintendo’s platform could potentially get even more of a boost should the console actually exist. Regardless, the Switch and Switch Lite are clearly holding their own.
In an interview a few months ago, Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s CEO, stated that it is those two units that the company is focused on right now. Arguably silently proving that, Nintendo recently revealed a new indigo/blue/purple-ish color option for the Switch Lite. The company also continues to frequently advertise the flagship Switch alongside the Lite as well.
All of this is to say that even if there is a “Switch Pro” of sorts somewhere in the shadows, Nintendo’s current offerings are not only performing thoroughly well, but continue to show no signs of being let go anytime soon.