The Nintendo Switch has been rolling like a high-powered steamroller ever since it launched in 2017. The hybrid system has made a name for itself in country after country across the globe, but how has it been doing in gaming’s largest market: the US? Really well, to say the least.
The NPD recently released some numbers which break down various statistics across the industry. As it relates exclusively to the Switch, some of its accolades include being the best-selling console for all of 2019 (in the US). Meanwhile, the PS4 took the cake for being the best-selling hardware of the entire decade; it makes sense considering the PS4 launched in 2013.
Also, the Switch Pro Controller was also the best selling gaming accessory for all of 2019 (again, in the US). For context, video game hardware alone made $973 million; so the Switch makes up a sizeable amount of that (though it still costs less than the PS4/Xbox One and their upgraded variants).
All-in-all, this is good news for Nintendo. It’s hard to imagine that less than five years ago, Nintendo’s future in the industry was being severely doubted. The Wii U was clearly taking the company nowhere, and nobody expected them to really make much of a comeback from that after only selling 13 million units. Now, the Switch has sold over 41 million units globally and is on track to potentially sell close to the original Wii’s numbers, if not more. The upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X will prove to be quite the competitors from a hardware standpoint, but the Switch’s install base lead and uniqueness may very well keep it safe for the rest of its lifecycle.