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Switch Sells Nearly 500,000 Units - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Mar 14-20

Switch Sells Nearly 500,000 Units - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Mar 14-20 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 April 2021 / 9,395 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 474,488 units sold for the week ending March 20, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 81.69 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 206,841 units to bring its lifetime sales to 6.50 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 102,788 units to bring their lifetime sales to 4.14 million units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 39,928 units, the Xbox One sold 18,011 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 1,389 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are down 558,905 units (54.1%). The PlayStation 4 is down 201,303 units (-83.5%), the Xbox One is down 83,998 units (-82.3%), and the 3DS is down 9,688 units (-87.5%).

PS5 Sales, Xbox Series X and S Sales, Switch Sales

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 474,488 (81,692,450)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 206,841 (6,503,475)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 102,788 (4,142,850)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 39,928 (115,231,287)
  5. Xbox One - 18,011 (49,963,639)
  6. 3DS - 1,389 (75,925,330)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 211,625
  2. PlayStation 5 - 74,158
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 58,003
  4. PlayStation 4 - 13,091
  5. Xbox One - 12,147
  6. 3DS - 318
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Nintendo Switch - 118,539
  2. PlayStation 5 - 77,584
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 30,441
  4. PlayStation 4 - 21,230
  5. Xbox One - 4,583
  6. 3DS - 307
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 126,689
  2. PlayStation 5 - 50,395
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 10,349
  4. PlayStation 4 - 4,736
  5. 3DS - 884
  6. Xbox One - 714
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 17,635
  2. PlayStation 5 - 4,704
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 3,995
  4. PlayStation 4 - 871
  5. Xbox One - 567
  6. 3DS - 21

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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Genuine (on 02 April 2021)

Switch will still sell better than Last year

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JWeinCom Genuine (on 02 April 2021)

Has the potential, but I gotta see the games before I'm sold.

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Kakadu18 TR_65 (on 03 April 2021)


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Tridrakious (on 01 April 2021)

Wait, the Switch is down 500,000 units versus last year? Was that Animal Crossing?

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SvenTheTurkey Tridrakious (on 01 April 2021)

It will be a temporary occurrence this year. Keep in mind the switch was being scalped around this time of year due to temporarily selling out. Probably april and may will see the switch down year over year.

Hard to say about the rest of the year. I think it will balance out. But the summer could see the switch down this year with the vaccines being out. It could also be about even in the summer. It could really go either way.

I still see the switch selling over 25 million this year. But it could go as high as last year or higher. I just think there will be some weeks lower than last year for the rest of the year. But definitely not every week from here on.

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StreaK (on 02 April 2021)

Damn, at this pace the Switch may be the first console to conquer the PS2. It's almost a sure thing it's gonna outsell the PS4 now that the PS5 is out.

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xMetroid StreaK (on 02 April 2021)

Yea i think it was really important to see the momentum this year if it could catch up on the PS4. Seeing how it might have it's peak this year or close to it just tells it will atleast put it to 130-140 millions imo. If they nail the revision, than i think it will end up being the most popular console ever. Which is a good sign of a healthy industry since the PS2 has been leading with the DS for like a LONG time.

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StreaK xMetroid (on 04 April 2021)

Well said.

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golfgt170 (on 02 April 2021)

To be able to produce 6.5m Playstation5 in just 4months and during all these lockdowns, is just crazy!

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Ninhut golfgt170 (on 02 April 2021)

well if you consider that the switch has sold almost 15 million in the same period, the 6.5 from Ps5 are nothing

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golfgt170 Ninhut (on 02 April 2021)

You have to cosnider aswell that we are talking about a new system on the market vs a 2017 device. Production costs and manufacturing times must be taken into account. Ofc what switch is doing is mighty impressive aswell, but i didnt write my original post to compare the 2 consoles. Dont like wars anyway..

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psychicscubadiver golfgt170 (on 02 April 2021)

It looks like they gutted the PS4 production lines to achieve those PS5 numbers, which is admittedly a smart tactic given the supply problems they're working with, but that's caused the PS4 to nosedive in sales here lately.

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Alistair psychicscubadiver (on 03 April 2021)

but the series S is easy to make, and you can get 4x more dies per wafer compared to ps5, i really don't get microsoft's low production, they don't seem serious

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Bofferbrauer2 Alistair (on 03 April 2021)

Microsoft made a much smaller initial order than Sony, as these are often linked to the performance of their previous console. With the current chip crunch, one does not simply orders more chips now and can expect them to get delivered on short notice, every new order is pushed to the end of a waiting line and thus production changes take quite a while to get into effect right now. It's simply a huge logistic problem, not one of will or seriousness on Microsoft's side.

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Alistair Bofferbrauer2 (on 05 April 2021)

I guess you're right, it shows there is a 6 month delay there. I suppose there will be A LOT of Xbox's available by Christmas this year.

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Alistair golfgt170 (on 03 April 2021)

you see how toxic nintendo this website is, the real tragedy is microsoft would sell as many as they can make, and yet somehow Sony is manufacturing double, you have to hand it to Sony being able to make so many during the shortage and pandemic, i'm not sure how they have so much supply

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Bofferbrauer2 Alistair (on 03 April 2021)

It mostly boils down to how many console parts the 3 console manufacturers have ordered for this period of time, especially computer chips.

Nintendo, considering how well the Switch was selling last year, naturally made a big order, and of course is also selling in turn. It also helps that the chip is being produced in a 16nm process that is only marginally affected by the current chip crisis.

Sony and Microsoft probably ordered an amount of parts in relation to their sales of the previous gen consoles, and thus Sony ordered more than Microsoft from the get-go and thus had higher stocks during this chip crisis. But with demand staying pretty high for both so far, I'm sure their next orders will be bigger. And for AMD those are priority customers due to the penalties that loom if they don't fulfill these contracts, resulting in their other parts to be pushed back in their priority - most notably the GPU chips.

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Kristof81 (on 02 April 2021)

That's one week before MHR release. What is it going to be next week? Over 1M?

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Ninhut Kristof81 (on 02 April 2021)

I think 750 thousand nights a week because in Japan 270 thousand were sold next week so 700-900 thousand

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