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Worldwide Hardware Estimates for the Week Ending March 21 - Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Worldwide Hardware Estimates for the Week Ending March 21 - Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2020 / 7,894 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console worldwide with 840,693 consoles sold for the week ending March 21, according to VGChartz estimates.

The PlayStation 4 was the second best-selling console with sales of 129,031 consoles sold, followed by the Xbox One with 39,509 units, and the Nintendo 3DS with 3,857 units. 

Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up 623,298 units (286.71%). PS4 sales are down 102,900 units (-44.37%), the Xbox One is down 24,243 units (-38.03%) and the 3DS is down 30,693 units (-88.84%).

Worldwide Hardware Estimates

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 840,693 (52,789,211)
  2. PlayStation 4 - 129,031 (107,980,337)
  3. Xbox One - 39,509 (46,664,312)
  4. 3DS - 3,857 (75,147,314)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 231,156
  2. PlayStation 4 - 34,841
  3. Xbox One - 27,810
  4. 3DS - 1,397
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Nintendo Switch - 164,091
  2. PlayStation 4 - 59,232
  3. Xbox One - 9,428
  4. 3DS - 1,318
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 429,589
  2. PlayStation 4 - 29,830
  3. 3DS - 1,062
  4. Xbox One - 1,016
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 15,857
  2. PlayStation 4 - 5,128
  3. Xbox One - 1,255
  4. 3DS - 80

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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UnderwaterFunktown (on 25 March 2020)

Well damn there it is.
AC made up for the last few weeks and then some.
I actually expected the other consoles to also be up a bit with so many people staying home, but that didn't really happen it seems. Switch is at almost 5 times PS4 + XBone combined for the week.

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javi741 (on 25 March 2020)

Holy shit! I expected Animal Crossing to be big and maybe increase Switch sales to around 400,000 this week, but I didn't expect 840,000 sold especially with the week only including one day after Animal Crossing release! I also expected the Switch sales to be somewhat hindered by this quarantine but I guess not. The fact that the Switch sold this much by a game release not in the holiday season shows the power of Animal Crossing and we may see several weeks where the Switch is selling around the 400,000+ mark thanks to this game. This game also appeals to a market that Nintendo hasn't really capitalized on with the Switch, which are females and casual gamers, so Nintendo could get a ton more sales thanks to that untouched market. Glad to see Animal Crossing and the Switch do insanely well, as this proves the Switch has a long way to go before loosing steam

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trunkswd javi741 (on 25 March 2020)

Switch is selling out in many places and is getting hard to find. Also nearly half of all the Switch sales last week were in just in Japan.

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aris4me (on 25 March 2020)

What the!!! This is a Switch bomb!

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Cerebralbore101 (on 25 March 2020)

Holy crap! Animal Crossing + Social Distancing = insane sales.

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Sonmakodo (on 25 March 2020)

So Nintendo won’t make its 54.2 million units by the end of the fiscal year, that’s sad. I hate to there momentum shot. Not saying that this week isn’t impressive considering the circumstances.

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Sonmakodo Sonmakodo (on 25 March 2020)

Although Nintendo’s official numbers are higher so they are probably already there

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Chicho Sonmakodo (on 25 March 2020)

Nintendo Numbers are always higher cause Nintendo counts how many they sold to retailers and this site tries to count how many people bought from retailers, so yeah i'd say Nintendo is probably already there

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javi741 Sonmakodo (on 25 March 2020)

VG Charts only reports console sold to consumers, Nintend reports how many units are shipped to retailers. Nintendo probably already surpassed it's 54.2 shipment prediction for the fiscal year thanks to animal crossing. Usually console shipments are 2-4 million more than system sold. So Nintendo probably blew past their initial sales prediction.

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trunkswd Sonmakodo (on 25 March 2020)

We report sales to consumers. Nintendo's figure are shipped. However, the typical 2+ million difference between the two is likely smaller right now due to how supply constrained the console is.

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Chicho Sonmakodo (on 25 March 2020)

well the difference is 1.3M so even if it is a bit constrain should be close enough for Nintendo to make their prediction before the month is out

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Chicho Sonmakodo (on 25 March 2020)

~1.5m so yeah close enough to be done before the month is out

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Doctor_MG Sonmakodo (on 25 March 2020)


In December 2019 VGChartz reported Switch sales of 49.8M. Nintendo's shipped figures were 52.48M. That's a difference of almost 3M.

Now, the Switch is a bit supply constrained right now, so let's drop the difference to maybe 2M. They have one more week of sales before their fiscal year ends, and VGChartz is still suggesting 52.7M. The added week will probably be around 300k minimum. That brings us to 53M. Add in that 2M differential for shipped products vs sold and you get 55M Switch consoles shipped ending this fiscal year.

Which means they likely over performed.

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