The Nintendo Switch has been out for over a year and a half at this point. Nintendo has recently released an updated financial report, which includes the increases in overall hardware sales. As of September 30, 2018, global hardware sales of the Switch now stands at 22.86 million units sold. This officially puts it above the Gamecube, which amassed 21.74 million units over the course of its six-year shelf life. Now, the Switch’s next milestone will be to surpass the Nintendo 64, which sold 32.93 million units worldwide. That means the Switch is currently 10 million units shy of that milestone (and still 78 million units shy of matching that of the Wii’s numbers).
That said, earlier this year Nintendo announced its goal to sell 20 million Switch units by the end of the next fiscal year (which conveniently ends in March 2019). So far, the Switch has only sold about 5 million units for the fiscal year, so it certainly has a long way to go if it’s going to meet Nintendo’s goal within the next five months. Former Nintendo President Kimishima did admit this goal would be difficult to achieve, although the company still has yet to back down from the prospect.
Of course, it wasn’t only the Switch’s sales numbers that received an update. 3DS hardware numbers bumped up by exactly a million units since the last report on April 30, 2018.
That means in the span of five months, the handheld’s user base has only grown by exactly 1 million. Considering the platform’s age and lack of huge new releases, this isn’t really surprising. But, it does make one wonder if Nintendo really does intend to keep it around beyond 2019. At this rate, the 3DS family may likely end its production run with the total number of units coming in at somewhere between 74-76 million. This is a far cry from the original DS’ massive achievement of 154 million units, but considering that the 3DS has had to compete with the quick explosion of mobile devices, it’s impressive that the little handheld has come this far.