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Switch Shipments Reach 79.87 Million Units as of December 31, Mario Kart and Animal Crossing Top 30M

Switch Shipments Reach 79.87 Million Units as of December 31, Mario Kart and Animal Crossing Top 30M - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2021 / 4,800 Views

Nintendo has released its latest hardware and software figures for the Nintendo Switch through December 31, 2020. Shipments figures for the Nintendo Switch reached 79.87 million units, while 532.34 million Switch games have been shipped lifetime.

For the quarter Nintendo shipped 11.57 million Switch units and 75.85 million Switch games.

Nintendo previously forecasted it will ship 24 million Switch units in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. However, this has now been increased to 26.5 million units.

Nintendo reported net sales of ¥1,404.5 billion, operating income of ¥521.1 billion, and ordinary profit of ¥528.2 billion.

Switch Shipments Reach 79.87 Million Units as of December 31, Mario Kart and Animal Crossing Top 30M

Breaking down Switch shipment figures for the quarter ending December 31, 2020 by region:

  • Japan - 2.71 million
  • Americas - 4.49 million
  • Europe - 2.97 million
  • Other - 1.30 million

Here are the top 10 best-selling Switch first-party titles:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 33.41 million
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 31.18 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 22.85 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 21.45 million
  5. Pokemon Sword / Pokemon Shield – 20.35 million
  6. Super Mario Odyssey – 20.23 million
  7. Super Mario Party – 13.82 million
  8. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 13.00 million
  9. Splatoon 2 – 11.90 million
  10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 9.82 million
Nintendo also shared the sales figures of more games:
  1. Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 9.13 million
  2. Ring Fit Adventure – 8.68 million
  3. Super Mario 3D All-Stars – 8.32 million
  4. Paper Mario: The Origami King – 3.05 million
  5. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – 2.62 million
  6. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – 2.84 million (excluding Japan) (released November 20)
  7. Pikmin 3 Deluxe – 1.94 million (released October 30)
  8. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition – 1.48 million
  9. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit – 1.08 million (released October 16)

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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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32 Comments
Real (on 01 February 2021)

Ohhh man switch sold almost 80 million awesome this basically means switch outsells Wii this year without even trying

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javi741 (on 01 February 2021)

At this point it is highly likely the Switch will hit 100M by this December and likely outsell the Wii and PS1 before 2022. The Switch is currently the fastest home console in history to reach 80 Million Sold and 2nd fastest if you include handhelds behind the DS. It seems like the Switch is far from saturation as well, its going to continue to break records.

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SanAndreasX javi741 (on 02 February 2021)

What about PS4? Could Switch beat that in lifetime sales, especially with Sony focusing on PS5?

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Kakadu18 SanAndreasX (on 02 February 2021)

The Switch is tracking ahead of the PS4 launch aligned. It'll do it in 2022 and continue going.

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Real SanAndreasX (on 02 February 2021)

Q1 2022

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Kristof81 (on 01 February 2021)

532M games sold, elevated Switch to the 3rd place when it comes to software sales (after DS and Wii, 900M-ish each), in less than 4 years. With the current rate, it should reach 1B in 3 years time

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Real Kristof81 (on 01 February 2021)

Yeah Nintendo sold 75.85 million software in these 3 months ( oct-dec)

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Torpoleon (on 01 February 2021)

Very impressive! Was hoping Switch would hit 80M, but at least it was close. Was also hoping for LM3, NSMBU & All-Stars to reach 10M, but at least that will happen soon.

In 2021, I wouldn't be surprised if MK8 & ACNH join an elite club along with SMB & Wii Sports, as the only Nintendo titles to sell over 40M on a single platform!

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SvenTheTurkey Torpoleon (on 01 February 2021)

Definitely could happen for both. But that also depends on if a mario kart 9 comes out.

Almost the whole top 10 above 10 million. And in about a year, they could have 12-14 games above 10 million.

But I don't know of 3d all-stars will ever hit 10 million or not. Keep in mind they're only selling it for 3 more months after this update. Probably will be close if it doesn't make it.

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Torpoleon SvenTheTurkey (on 01 February 2021)

I don't see MK9 releasing on Switch. I used to see it as a possibility, but MK8DX is just selling too great. They also just released Home Circuit. I feel like we have enough MK until the next system. Fully expecting MK9 on launch day for the Switch successor.

Maybe MK8DX will randomly get more DLC. Next year is MK's 30th anniversary.

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Darwinianevolution (on 01 February 2021)

Six Switch titles passed the 20m units sold already, could we see ten 20+ million sellers by the end of its lifespan?

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SvenTheTurkey Darwinianevolution (on 01 February 2021)

Hard to say. Assuming no other games were released for the rest of its life, I would say no. Some of the ones in the top 10 might get close but not quite. So it will depend on what other games they have cooked up. I could definitely see smash making it to 30 million in a few years.

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Real Darwinianevolution (on 02 February 2021)

Yes botw 2 is 20+ million seller

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eddy7eddy Real (on 02 February 2021)

So we got 7 titles, 3D World and the Next Pokemon can reach it, then KNACK would do it easily.

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ARamdomGamer (on 01 February 2021)

Ring Fit Adventure is Nintendo's Final Fantasy.

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RolStoppable ARamdomGamer (on 01 February 2021)

You mean incredibly overrated?

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Real RolStoppable (on 01 February 2021)

No

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Kakadu18 RolStoppable (on 01 February 2021)

Their big JRPG. I think it's underrated on Metacritic.

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SvenTheTurkey ARamdomGamer (on 01 February 2021)

For as much as I'd like to agree, isn't xenoblade their final fantasy? :)

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eddy7eddy SvenTheTurkey (on 02 February 2021)

Yes I would say haha, is their Multiverse Final Fantasy.

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Mnementh (on 01 February 2021)

Mario Kart live Circuit sold 1M+. That is impressive, given that it is an expensive piece of hardware+game. Also Xenoblade Remake doing better than the original, I am happy.

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Darwinianevolution Mnementh (on 02 February 2021)

At this point it's only a matter of time we see Xenoblade X ported, probably to fill some gap on their software release schedule.

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INCITATUSBR (on 01 February 2021)

when will VGCharts align to these numbers? In so doing, probably the NS already sold 80m.

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Real INCITATUSBR (on 01 February 2021)

More than 80 million by "now"

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RolStoppable INCITATUSBR (on 01 February 2021)

There's a difference between shipments and sell-through. For a console that sells as much as Switch, it's quite normal if there's a gap of ~3m between shipments and sell-through. Nintendo's shipment number goes up until December 31st while VGC has estimated roughly 77m units of sell-through by that date. There's no need for big adjustments right now.

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Real RolStoppable (on 01 February 2021)

Nah I don't think so there's no million units gap between shipment and sales switch is already seeing stock issues at some places it's selling really fast I'm sure those shipment numbers has already been sold

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SvenTheTurkey INCITATUSBR (on 01 February 2021)

Eh. I think vgchartz is about right. It couldn't be much more than 250,000 off. Give or take.

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ireadtabloids SvenTheTurkey (on 01 February 2021)

Nintendo estimated sell through for end of December to be less than 75 million. Would be very interesting to hear where people are still seeing shortages.

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Kakadu18 ireadtabloids (on 02 February 2021)

Nintendo's estimates are always way to low.
In early January there were still shortages in many places.

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ireadtabloids Kakadu18 (on 02 February 2021)

That’s very interesting to hear. I’m not familiar with Nintendo’s sell through estimates so I’ll take that on board.
I would still assume that Nintendo is closer to the truth than vgchartz though, so when Nintendo says about 74 million and vgchartz say 76.9 million I’m going to have to guess that the truth is somewhere in the range of low 75 million.

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Dulfite yo33331 (on 01 February 2021)

I doubt Nintendo will ever release the Sony report.

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