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Switch Sales Top an Estimated 20 Million Units Worldwide

Switch Sales Top an Estimated 20 Million Units Worldwide - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 October 2018 / 7,068 Views

Nintendo's hybrid console, the Switch, has surpassed 20 million units sold worldwide, according to our estimates for the week ending September 1.

The console sold 171,697 units to bring its lifetime sales to 20,058,577 units. There have also been 65,877,682 games sold for the Nintendo Switch at retail worldwide through August 11.


Breaking down hardware sales by region, the game had sold best in the US with 6,919,537 units sold (34%), compared to 5,365,531 units sold in Europe (27%) and 4,976,186 units in Japan (25%). Looking more closely at Europe, the game had sold an estimated 1,003,747 units in the UK, 893,258 units in Germany, and 1,323,359 units in France.

Looking at the software sales for the Nintendo Switch worldwide: Four games have sold more than five million units; 13 games have sold more than one million units; and 22 games have sold more than 500,000 units.

Super Mario Odyssey is the top selling Nintendo Switch game at retail with an estimated 9.91 million units sold. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 9.07 million units and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold 7.87 million units. 


Splatoon 2 has sold 5.87 million units, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has sold 2.14 million units, and Arms has sold 1.76 million units. Pokken Tournament has sold 1.52 million units, Kirby: Star Allies has sold 1.47 million units, and Mario Tennis Aces has sold 1.08 million units.

The Nintendo Switch launched worldwide on March 3, 2017.

 A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Darwinianevolution (on 21 September 2018)

Congrats to the Switch, next stop GameCube and N64.

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alejollorente10 (on 21 September 2018)

It's weird that Nintendo has not announced this yet. They announced when they had already sold 10 million.

Either way, congratulations to Nintendo. What will now be said by those who wanted Nintendo to be a third party? (Probably the same, because they are haters)

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xMetroid alejollorente10 (on 21 September 2018)

Maybe they will wait for the 25 million which is more traditional than 20 millions.

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KLAMarine alejollorente10 (on 21 September 2018)

...I wouldn't mind Nintendo games on PC, actually...

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RolStoppable alejollorente10 (on 21 September 2018)

Nothing weird about the lack of an official announcement. The milestone of 10m was specifically announced because it is considered as greatly important by console manufacturers and software publishers alike. 10m is essentially the bar to clear in order to have a solid installed base to work with, so any milestone beyond that is rather meaningless.

Expect all further sell-through announcements by Nintendo to be tied to either their financial briefings (not to be mistaken with shipment numbers of their financial results) or NPD press releases.

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KrspaceT alejollorente10 (on 21 September 2018)

Perhaps they are just fine tuning the message. Also no, PC gamer, no Nintendo games for you that you do not pirate like a criminal.

You made your bed, lay in it.

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KLAMarine alejollorente10 (on 22 September 2018)


Bruh, I have a Switch. I love it but the best platform is still PC and no, I do not pirate. I have paid for what I got.

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CaptainExplosion (on 21 September 2018)

Hey Gamevice, I bet this stings in your little patent trolling asses! :D

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OTBWY (on 21 September 2018)

I think Nintendo is waiting for right after the holidays to announce the next milestone. Either that or right before it. Like in november or something. But I think the former.

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Mnementh (on 21 September 2018)

Grats for the milestone. Will 30M happen already over the holidays?

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Cerebralbore101 Mnementh (on 23 September 2018)

Well we were at something like 10 million this time last year. And then the holidays happened and Switch was suddenly at 15 million. 17 Million was reached by March 2018. So 30 million should happen before this time next year for sure. Holidays though? That would be crazy.

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Marth (on 21 September 2018)

Great, congratz Switch!

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Mr.GameCrazy (on 21 September 2018)


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Jranation (on 24 September 2018)

Yay!! If all things go well then 30mil is not that far!

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Keybladewielder (on 23 September 2018)

It did it so fastly oh wow

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StreaK (on 22 September 2018)

So who was quicker to 20 million? PS4 or Switch?

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zorg1000 StreaK (on 22 September 2018)

I think PS4 did it about 2 months quicker.

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OTBWY StreaK (on 22 September 2018)

With an extra holiday season.

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zorg1000 StreaK (on 22 September 2018)

Switch has a real shot of reaching 30 million first though, it needs to sell 10 million in the next 6 months which doesnt seem unlikely with the holidays coming up.

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