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Nintendo Switch Outsells Nintendo 64

Nintendo Switch Outsells Nintendo 64 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 December 2019 / 20,348 Views

The Nintendo Switch has outsold the lifetime sales of the Nintendo 64, according to our estimates.

The Nintendo Switch sold 217,096 units for the week ending April 6, 2019 to bring its lifetime sales to 33.15 million units. This compares to the Nintendo 64 with sales of 32.93 million units. 

Breaking down Switch sales by region, it has sold 11.59 million units in the US, 8.82 million units in Europe and 7.86 million units in Japan. Breaking down the sales in Europe, the Switch has sold 1.71 million units in the UK, 1.42 million units in Germany and 2.24 million units in France.

163.61 million Switch games have been sold through December 31, 2018, while 224.97 million Nintendo 64 games were sold during its lifetime.

The best-selling Switch game at retail is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 15.02 million units sold through December 31, 2018, while Super Mario 64 was the best-selling Nintendo 64 game with 11.91 million units sold.


Here is the list of the top 10 best-selling Switch games as of December 31, 2018, according to Nintendo:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 15.02 Million Units
  2. Super Mario Odyssey - 13.76 Million Units
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 12.08 Million Units
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 11.68 Million Units
  5. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Eevee! - 10.00 Million units
  6. Splatoon 2 - 8.27 Million Units
  7. Super Mario Party - 5.30 Million Units
  8. 1-2-Switch - 2.86 million units
  9. Mario Tennis Aces - 2.53 Million Units
  10. Kirby Star Allies - 2.42 Million Units

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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trunkswd (on 22 April 2019)

The Xbox One or SNES could be next. The Xbox One is currently just under 7 million units behind the SNES, while the Switch is just under 16 million units behind the SNES. The gap between the Switch and Xbox One is about 9 million units.

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tripenfall trunkswd (on 23 April 2019)

Check this thread from late last year....

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 22 April 2019)

Next in line is actually the XBO, unless it manages to bridge the 6M gap to the SNES first. But with Switch outselling the XBO over 3:1 already, I'm pretty sure Switch will pass XBO first.

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aris4me (on 23 April 2019)

Congrats Switch <3

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Mar1217 (on 22 April 2019)

And it'll probably be looking for the SNES total next :3

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OTBWY (on 22 April 2019)

Hurrah! It took way less than it to reach it. Anyway, on to the next goal, the SNES.

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Darwinianevolution (on 22 April 2019)

Congratulations to the Switch, those numbers are all around impressive! Next stop, the SNES!

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The Xbox One could be next. The console is currently just under 7 million units behind the SNES, while the Switch is just under 16 million units behind the SNES. Gap between the Switch and Xbox One is about 9 million units.

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Ljink96 (on 22 April 2019)

I am looking forward to seeing the updated sales figures soon here.

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Jumpin (on 23 April 2019)
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RaptorChrist (on 22 April 2019)

I wonder where the highest selling third party game falls in this list.

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Bofferbrauer2 RaptorChrist (on 22 April 2019)

Mario&Rabbits with about 3M, though this could be called second party due to the inclusion of Mario. Otherwise, Minecraft is probably the next one in the list, with 2M and counting. Octopath Traveller, Skyrim and Fifa 19 should be the rest of the Top 5, with Crash Bandicoot possibly selling better than one of them. Either way, they are all at around 1.5-2M

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pikashoe RaptorChrist (on 22 April 2019)

Counting Indies stardew valley is probably pretty high. I don't think it's left the eshop best seller list since if launched.

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RaptorChrist RaptorChrist (on 23 April 2019)

I was going to comment about Stardew Valley. It's constantly on the top of the charts, so I would think it'd have pretty high sales by now.

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