Nintendo Switch is increasingly launched towards a resounding success than is about to take it to the top of the best-selling home consoles ever. She now she occupies the third step of the podium, but she is still far from wanting to stop!
To date it is the best-selling home console of the Kyoto house ever, with over 107 million units sold as of March 31, 2022 (end of the 2022 Fiscal Year). In front of him he only has PlayStation 4 at 116.6 million units sold and PlayStation 2 at 155 million. If we want to include portable consoles as well, there is the Game Boy (including the Game Boy Color) at 118.69 million units sold and the Nintendo DS at 154.02 million.
During the 12 months of the fiscal year 2022, 23.6 million Nintendo Switches were sold. And this in all likelihood will lead the console to overtake both PS4 and Game Boy over the course of the year.
And it is paradoxical to think how the success of this console stems from the failure of Wii Uwhich was the worst-selling console in the history of the Big N.
But what has led to such success? Portability first! Today it is useless to deny it the global gaming market is overwhelmingly on mobile devicesand the hybrid nature of the Nintendo console has been able to fit where the DS and 3DS had already had great success, and also embrace a slice of mobile gamers.
But sales were also driven by those who bought more than one console. Indeed 25% of the Nintendo Switch sold was purchased by those who already owned one. The details were revealed by President Furukawa.
“From last fiscal year’s sales figures it turns out that about 25% of total hardware sales were made by those who already owned a Nintendo Switch. About 30% of Switch Lite sold are repeat purchases (request for an additional console beyond the first) and 40% of Switch OLEDs were repeat purchases or replacements“, Explained President Furukawa.
Furthermore the president expects sales of the OLED model to continue to grow this year and occupy a majority position among the sales of the Fiscal Year 2023.
Nintendo, however, is also projected to the future and is already working on the foundations of the next console. In fact, for the first time ever, President Furukawa spoke about the next generation of consoles. The goal will be to make the transition as smooth as possible, so it’s easy to expect a launch with a lot of cross-gen titles and some remastered ones.