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Nintendo Switch Lite Boosts Switch Sales to Nearly 600,000 Units During Launch Week

Nintendo Switch Lite Boosts Switch Sales to Nearly 600,000 Units During Launch Week - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2019 / 5,066 Views

Nintendo released its handheld-focused revision of the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite, worldwide on September 20. The Switch Lite launched alongside the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

The Switch Lite helped boost sales of the Switch by 163 percent week-on-week to 593,482 consoles sold, according to VGChartz Estimates for the week ending September 21 (September 22 in Japan). The Switch Lite was only available for three days in Japan and two days in the rest of the world.

The Switch Lite helped boost Switch sales the most in Japan with a 360 percent increase from 51,923 consoles sold the week before launch to nearly 239,060 consoles sold during the launch week. Switch sales in the US increased from 76,094 consoles sold the week before the Switch Lite launch to 163,781 consoles sold. That is a 115 percent increase week-on-week. Switch sales in Europe increased from 56,979 consoles sold the week before the Switch Lite launch to 108,178 consoles sold. That is a 90 percent increase week-on-week. 

Breaking sales down in Europe, the Switch Lite boosted sales in the UK by 116 percent to 22,472 consoles sold, sales in Germany increased by 73 percent to 19,015 consoles sold, and sales in France increased by 91 percent to 25,414 consoles sold.

Here is the breakdown of the estimated sales for Nintendo Switch for the week ending September 21:

  • Americas: 196,364
    • US: 163,781
  • Europe: 108,178
    • UK: 22,472 
    • Germany: 19,015 
    • France: 25,414 
  • Asia: 272,210
    • Japan: 239,060
  • Oceania: 16,730

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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curl-6 (on 28 September 2019)

And boom goes the dynamite. Guess there is a market for the Lite after all.

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trunkswd curl-6 (on 28 September 2019)

The price point definitely helped the Switch Lite have a good launch. Plus there is still some demand for handhelds.

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Cerebralbore101 (on 29 September 2019)

A 360% boost in Japan you say? Sounds to me like people just want the Switch as a portable system over there. So for them it was a $100 price drop. No wonder Vita clinged to life so long outside of the west!

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SwitchUP Cerebralbore101 (on 29 September 2019)

Maybe right but, why did Japan jump all over the 3ds XL? Because it was even more portable? The original version still had a healthy bump too, so I guess it's not all of Japan. The fat model still managed to sell 8 million by itself.

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EricHiggin (on 28 September 2019)

Now that's Nin Power.

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SwitchUP EricHiggin (on 29 September 2019)

I just have to laugh at the downvotes. Haha, people are so sensitive, its mind boggling. Atleast leave a post explaining why you're mad.

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RaptorChrist (on 30 September 2019)

Personally, I'm not too concerned about the Switch, as I think it's already cemented itself as a success for Nintendo. It's usually evident in the first year or two if a console will do well or not. My concern is for the successor to the Switch, or however Nintendo decides to proceed. I hope they make the right moves and it doesn't follow the path of the Wii -> Wii U. I'm optimistic that the same thing won't happen again, as this time around they actually have solid third party support, and a large amount of their userbase seems to be using the console as a primary system, where a lot of people bought the Wii in addition to the PS3 or 360.

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Paperboy_J (on 30 September 2019)

Got the yellow one. I am in love with this thing.

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Mr Puggsly (on 30 September 2019)

I'm gonna wait for Black Friday. If they simply bundle some notable software I will buy one.

I have no real desire to play Switch on a TV.

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Random_Matt (on 29 September 2019)

Will outsell the actual Switch, and quite sure the dock function will be dropped on all future iterations. My prediction anyway, they cannot compete with PS5 and Scarlet power wise, so what would the point be.

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Cerebralbore101 Random_Matt (on 29 September 2019)

Nah, Nintendo will be fine when PS5 and XB2 launch. The first year of 3rd party games for PS5 and XB2 will be weak, just like it was weak for PS4 and XB1. After that Switch will be nearly 5 years old and will have the advantage of having a much better library than either PS5 or XB2. Microsoft's XB2 or Scarlet will fail harder then the XB1, because MS has pretty much given up on the console market. They are no longer interested in selling consoles, and instead want to sell subscriptions. PS5 sales are harder to predict, but they should at least have 80 million lifetime sales. That's worst case scenario for PS5. Anyway Switch will be fine.

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Random_Matt Random_Matt (on 29 September 2019)

Fair enough, not sure why all the thumb downs for a personal opinion, jeez.

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gtotheunit91 Random_Matt (on 29 September 2019)

Yeah, Nintendo will be fine. The past several generations, they haven't had to outpower the competition. Everyone forgets that Nintendo actually won the 7th generation with over 100 million Wii's sold where PS3 and X360 sold around 80+ million.

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Otter Random_Matt (on 30 September 2019)

Because your opinion is frankly silly.

Switch lite had demand therefore Dockable switch is due to be discontinued? They cannot compete with Scarlett power wise so what is the point of letting people play Mario kart and smash bros with their family and friends in local multiplayer? Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 won't look as pretty as TLOU2 so force everyone to play it in portable mode exclusively?

Just because is an
opinion doesnt mean its above judgement

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Jranation Random_Matt (on 30 September 2019)

Because people can disagree with "personal opinions"
The weekly hardware sales proves that Switch will not impact PS4 and X1 sales and vice versa while it still continues to be sold in huge numbers.

And what do you mean by the dock function will drop? Like there will probably be a Switch Lite XL but the OG Switch will still be there and continue on selling.

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