Nintendo Switch Now the Fastest-Selling Home Game Console in U.S. History

Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling home video game console of all time in the United States.

The previous record-holder was the Wii, which sold more than four million units in its first ten months of being available on the market. The Nintendo Switch managed to sell over 4.8 million units in that same time frame, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures.

“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”

The hybrid console has quite a few promising titles in its future lineup, including: both the original Bayonetta games are coming to the hybrid console alongside a completely new entry, Bayonetta 3. There are other big titles coming like a new Metroid Prime 4a new Pokemon gameMega Man 11Project Octopath Traveler (read my preview here), and more.

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  1. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 4, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Well its pretty much the only console with exclusives, so I’m not surprised.

  2. giygas
    January 4, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I guess lightning does strike twice in the same place.

  3. DrearierSpider
    January 4, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Playstation does have exclusives, it’s just that most of them suck.

  4. DrearierSpider
    January 4, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Gotta admit, I was 100% wrong about this console, which I though was doomed given the Wii U’s irrelevance and the decline of handheld gaming overall due to mobile. While I’d still prefer a traditional console (as I rarely travel and have zero need or desire to game on the go), gotta give the big N credit where it’s due. I’ll more likely than not end up getting one eventually.

  5. totenglocke
    January 4, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Uh, what decline in handheld gaming? There’s been over 60 million 3DS systems sold and that’s with the 3DS being gimped by low quality graphics and a pathetically low resolution screen.

  6. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 4, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I was pretty skeptical about the Switch before launch, but it’s nice to see Nintendo shatter everyone’s expectations, even a lot of those who thought it would do well. I’m just salty I didn’t get it day 1 in hindsight.

  7. DrearierSpider
    January 4, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Ya, and that’s down 40% from over 150 million DS sales. Declining sales =/ poor sales in every case.

  8. totenglocke
    January 4, 2018 at 10:46 am

    You realize that the DS was like the Wii and a lot of non-gamers picked one up for one or two games and then never touched a game again, right? The 3DS isn’t that far off from the GBA in total sales and the 3DS hasn’t been killed off yet.

  9. DrearierSpider
    January 4, 2018 at 10:58 am

    No shit dude. Most of those non gamers left dedicated handhelds in favor of mobile gaming, hence the decline in handheld gaming. Are things starting to click into place yet?

    P.S. The 3DS still has some life left in it for sure, but there’s no way it has another 12 million needed to catch GBA, especially considering the Switch’s very strong sales and software lineup.

  10. Snorlaxation
    January 4, 2018 at 11:10 am

    x-blah has been disappointing for this last year, PS has had lackluster exclusives, and after the Wii U there was no where to go but up for Nintendo.

  11. Snorlaxation
    January 4, 2018 at 11:11 am

    happens more often than you’d think.

  12. Mr0303
    January 4, 2018 at 11:41 am

    See, Nintendo? This is what happens whey you focus on the core gaming base and not he casuals.

  13. InkViper
    January 4, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Pretty impressive, with some people’s rough estimates that it just pushed past 12 million units from a Christmas season sales boost, it’s definitely looks like it’s on track to supersede the Wii U’s lifetime sales in under a year of its own launch!

  14. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 4, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Oh yeah, forgot about Cuckcharted 4

  15. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    >He actually believes this

    1-2 Switch was still made, cuck. Casuals are a very important demographic and will be a major reason that games like Animal Crossing will be huge hits on the Switch.

  16. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Actually both DS and Wii sold a ton of software as well. The meme that people only bought them for one or two games was always wrong.

  17. grgspunk
    January 4, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    No, appealing to casuals also got them the high initial sales numbers for the Wii. Then those numbers then flat-lined after 2-3 years and drove away 3rd party devs after they realized it was way too underpowered of a system.

    I’d wait at least one more year before adopting this console to make sure the Switch isn’t going to go through a similar situation.

  18. chaoguy
    January 4, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    See- this is what happens when you advertise Nintendo!

  19. SLoWMoTIoN
    January 4, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    This is before Pokemon

    Oh god people will kill for one then

  20. Nope Naw
    Nope Naw
    January 4, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    The PS4’s commercial success is undeniable, there’s no need to make up imaginary numbers to make the claim. The PS4 unit sales are at the 70 million mark, not 200 let alone 500+.

  21. GameZard
    January 4, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Now BFG will stalk you. Never say anything bad about Vita!

  22. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    January 4, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    The Vita sold like shit,,, But it;s really hard to say that the 3DS did. “Worst selling handheld: doesn;t mean to matter when it sold 68+ million,

  23. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    January 4, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I don’t how you can keep poking fun at the Vita. Just look at that face.

  24. iswear12
    January 4, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Impressive sales numbers.
    I wonder if its enough for them though, considering that they are likely consolidating their handheld and console markets into one system. If the Switch stays at the same price point and no smaller handheld version comes out, they won’t have the same market power as they did with the 3DS.
    For a home console the sales numbers are impressive, but for a home console plus a handheld… it remains to be seen.
    In any case I hope good games come out of this thing and some competitors come to the goddamn field. I want a good generation of games again from multiple platforms.

  25. DrearierSpider
    January 4, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    My point was the decline, not to say that sales are bad or non-existent.

  26. BFG
    January 5, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I dont think DrearierSpider is a manchild that constantly complain about the Vita alongside of being a terrible PC gamer too.

  27. BFG
    January 5, 2018 at 6:19 am

    This has to be seen in the next few years, as librairies tend to take a long time to build up

    That also mean there might be model revisions of the Switch too

  28. GameZard
    January 5, 2018 at 8:15 am

    So you agree that the Vita is shit. You bitches have no loyalty. HA!

  29. darkfire998
    January 5, 2018 at 9:36 am

    If you tried to look at software sales of both Wii and DS, you would see how wrong your statement is.

  30. BFG
    January 5, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Dreadspider is right that dedicated handhelds are on the decline considering the mainstream audience would rather use a smartphone instead. Just like they use it for photos or everyday tasks, it’s more convenient for the average people to have an all-in-one device rather than several separate dedicated devices.

    That doesnt mean the audience for the dedicated handhelds no longer exist, it’s just niche-r as ever. The 3DS still sold well because it had franchises (Pokemon, Zelda, Mario, Monster Hunter) that everyone, even (probably) their grandmas, know. The Vita sold poorly, outside of Japan, because it doesnt have known games in the same popularity range, and the demographic is also different, though the userbase is stronger on Vita than on 3DS (which explain why japanese developers still develop on it)

  31. RetroGamer
    January 5, 2018 at 10:25 am

    And The Order Nineteen-sixty-shits.

  32. totenglocke
    January 5, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Well, when Sony only made two handhelds, of course one of them will be the worst selling handheld from Sony. ?

  33. totenglocke
    January 5, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Ah, I see you’re a bitter 3DS clinger who refuses to accept that the Switch IS a handheld.

  34. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    January 5, 2018 at 11:08 am

    This is actually the first console I’ve ever owned at launch, and I’m pretty happy with it. The versatility of the system is wonderful. I think I’m done buying stationary gaming hardware.

  35. BFG
    January 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I’m a long-date handheld user, and still use my DS Lite and Vita due of the large japanese backlog.

    I dont consider the Switch as a dedicated handheld from a design and conceptual standpoint. It isnt as portable as either of my two devices are, due of the size mostly.

    And like said above, the whole point of handhelds was the lack of firepower, which mean there was a focus on actual gameplay rather than sugar-coating with “pretty graphics”. Seeing the Switch having enough firepower to run AAA titles (Doom, Wolfenstein, Skyrim) is kind of worrisome actually for something that gets to be pretended as a “handheld”.

  36. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 5, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Switch is actually more of the same.

  37. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 5, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    >multiple games sold over ten million units

    You sure showed me, lol.

  38. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 5, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Wii’s best years were 2009-2010. Mid life cycle, which is typical for a console.

  39. Snorlaxation
    January 5, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    you’re not wrong. As bad as they are at handling them, Nintendo’s IPs are few, but they’re very popular with plenty of potential (except maybe mario who’s been relied on and used the most), compared to other long running shooting game series.

  40. orbo
    January 5, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Yup putting a pokemon game on something is pretty much a guaranteed addition ten million console sales, even the 3ds got a bump like that with sun/moon and it’s on its last legs.
    Plus it will be the first one designed for a home console (that also happens to be portable) which nearly everyone has been asking for years.
    This is gonna be the big one.

  41. darkfire998
    January 5, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    you replied to a wrong person…

  42. Shoahvanist
    January 6, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Persona 5 and Nier were pretty good, it’s just the first party games that are trash.

  43. Shoahvanist
    January 6, 2018 at 1:04 am

    The success of Switch shouldn’t be held to traditional Nintendo portable standards since Nintendo is charging a lot more money for the Switch, meaning that 60 million sales of Switch hardware would generate the company a bunch more profit than 60 million sales of 3DS hardware.

    3DS debuted at $240, but it sold like shit until Nintendo cut the price to $180. Switch launched at $300 and it sold great right out of the gate – not to mention the fact that a huge chunk of people (like me) will have felt compelled to pick up an $80,controller at the same time due to Nintendo’s failure to include a dpad.

  44. Shoahvanist
    January 6, 2018 at 1:08 am

    The Switch is a handheld in the same way that the Atari Lynx was a handheld…

  45. Shoahvanist
    January 6, 2018 at 1:13 am

    I think they were only speaking about one segment of that market.

  46. Shoahvanist
    January 6, 2018 at 1:18 am

    2010 was really the end of the Wii’s life cycle – didn’t Nintendo stop producing the console in 2011?

  47. Shoahvanist
    January 6, 2018 at 1:22 am

    I think the point is more that with the Wii it felt like Nintendo was chasing casuals to the exclusion of proper gamers, whereas the Switch strikes a happy balance that is very appealing to both groups.

  48. Squirrel on crack cocaine.
    Squirrel on crack cocaine.
    January 6, 2018 at 8:50 am

    As long as Nintendo can deliver good games in 2018 then it could go on to be the best Nintendo system since the Gamecube.

  49. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    If you seriously believe there were no games for ‘proper’ gamers on Wii, you are sadly mistaken.

  50. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm


  51. A Punk Named Katsuya Jonouchi
    A Punk Named Katsuya Jonouchi
    January 6, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    So long as it isn’t like amiibo festival, then an animal crossing on switch should really help sales numbers.

  52. A Punk Named Katsuya Jonouchi
    A Punk Named Katsuya Jonouchi
    January 6, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Naw production ended in 2013, Pretty sure the last 1st party game on it was Skyward Sword back in 2011.

  53. Adohleas
    January 6, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Nier isn’t exclusive.