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Analyst: Switch Tracking Ahead of PS4 and PS2, Slightly Behind Wii

Analyst: Switch Tracking Ahead of PS4 and PS2, Slightly Behind Wii - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 July 2020 / 4,884 Views

Senior analyst at Niko Partners Daniel Ahmad via Twitter says that after 34 months on the market and 52.48 million  units shipped, the Nintendo Switch is currently tracking ahead of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 2, and is slightly behind the Wii.

The Switch is currently tracking inline with the DS after 34 months, which also received a boost in sales due to the release of a new model. The Switch is also tracking ahead of the 3DS. 

Ahmad reported the Switch has surpassed their estimated lifetime shipment figures of the Xbox One during the holiday quarter. We reported sell-through units of the Switch outsold lifetime sales of the Xbox One in December.

Nintendo earlier released their quarterly financial report. Nintendo shipped 10.82 million Switch units and 0.25 million 3DS units during the quarter, as well as 64.64 million Switch games and 1.12 million 3DS games. 

Nintendo increased their forecast for the Switch from 18 million to 19.5 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020.

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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scottslater (on 30 January 2020)

The Switch is coming for you PS4...

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aris4me (on 30 January 2020)


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Ljink96 (on 30 January 2020)

I doubt it'll end up outselling either Playstations, but I'd love to be proven wrong. Outselling Wii is a much more reasonable outcome. Nintendo really cleaned up their act after the Wii U. Merging their Hardware and Software teams has really worked out for the better.

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xMetroid Ljink96 (on 30 January 2020)

The PS2 i don't think so but i wouldn't be counting out it outselling the PS4. Switch still has no price cuts and momentum is still going up. It's looking to have multiple 20+ million years. With the full price and the lite not appealing the same crowd it shows that it has the potential to easily outleg the Wii atleast.

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siebensus4 Ljink96 (on 30 January 2020)

It will easily outsell at least PS3.

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Chicho Ljink96 (on 30 January 2020)

Should outsell the PS3, PS1, and maybe PS4 But the PS2 its on a different level.

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Ljink96 Ljink96 (on 30 January 2020)

@siebensus4 Yeah, what Chicho said. It will definitely surpass PS3. I was referring to the PS2 and PS4 in the article.

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super_etecoon (on 30 January 2020)

Notice how this graph includes several months after. I really don’t know why VGC graphs aren’t doing the same. It is much more informative and encourages discussion about trends.

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RolStoppable super_etecoon (on 30 January 2020)

I have an agreement with trunkswd. I am his buddy and in return he doesn't add a future outlook to the gap charts, because the common ignorance of the average viewer allows me to look incredibly smart by merely pointing out what the future will look like.

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padib (on 30 January 2020)

Fantastic graphs. Isn't ZhugeEX one of our boys?

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DonFerrari (on 30 January 2020)

Congrats Switch.

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garretslarrity (on 30 January 2020)

Amazing how the Switch has kept up with the DS for this long! We generally assume that the Switch has no chance of selling anywhere near what the DS did lifetime, and I don't disagree, but are we taking this assumption for granted?

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kazuyamishima garretslarrity (on 30 January 2020)

In the next 15 months or so (Launch aligned), the DS will sell more than 40 million units.

Do you see the Switch doing those numbers??

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Shadow1980 (on 30 January 2020)

I never liked these global launch-aligned comparisons, because they never tell a complete and accurate story. Systems usually don't launch simultaneously in all three major regions (though some do launch in all three within a very narrow time frame), and in the case of PlayStation & Xbox consoles there is often an offset release of a few months in at least one region (e.g., the PS2 came out in Japan on March 4, 2000, but wasn't released in NA & Europe until Oct. 26 and Nov. 24, respectively). The Switch is lagging behind the PS2 in the U.S. and Europe, and is about on par with the PS2 in Japan. However, it's ahead of the PS4 in the U.S. and Japan, but it's lagging behind the PS4 in Europe.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 31 January 2020)

Isnt this the dude that participated and was a mod in closed private chat to talk about pedophilia shit in reset era. yea he is the one

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The Fury (on 31 January 2020)

As it is essentially a replacement for the DS/3DS, Pokemon is on the Switch now, that is Nintendo's handheld and home console. That's the point, it has not only the home Nintendo audience buying it but the handheld people too. I expect nothing less than it sell loads when it's tapping into 2 markets.

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DialgaMarine (on 30 January 2020)

My curiousity is still towards how well Switch does after peak year, with the PS5 being out.

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Amnesia (on 30 January 2020)

If someone is able to explain why the Frankfurt stock in € has lost 3% today....I give up to understand this after more than 2 years observing the evolution of the stock.

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