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Switch Sells Nearly 750,000 as Monster Hunter Debuts - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Mar 21-27

Switch Sells Nearly 750,000 as Monster Hunter Debuts - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Mar 21-27 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 April 2021 / 6,337 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 744,254 units sold for the week ending March 27, according to VGChartz estimates. The Switch has now sold an estimated 82.42 million units lifetime.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 263,273 units to bring its lifetime sales to 6.80 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 121,909 units to bring their lifetime sales to 4.32 million units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 39,615 units, the Xbox One sold 17,577 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 1,581 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are down 49,090 units (-6.2%). The PlayStation 4 is down 199,335 units (-83.4%), the Xbox One is down 78,020 units (-81.6%), and the 3DS is down 9,394 units (-85.6%).

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

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 744,254 (82,422,894)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 263,273 (6,799,218)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 121,909 (4,323,055)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 39,615 (115,271,202)
  5. Xbox One - 17,577 (49,981,216)
  6. 3DS - 1,581 (75,926,911)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 269,783
  2. PlayStation 5 - 83,387
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 68,167
  4. PlayStation 4 - 13,120
  5. Xbox One - 11,962
  6. 3DS - 311
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Nintendo Switch - 135,999
  2. PlayStation 5 - 92,254
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 36,711
  4. PlayStation 4 - 21,321
  5. Xbox One - 4,374
  6. 3DS - 303
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 315,204
  2. PlayStation 5 - 81,060
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 12,719
  4. PlayStation 4 - 4,345
  5. 3DS - 946
  6. Xbox One - 723
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 23,268
  2. PlayStation 5 - 6,572
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 4,312
  4. PlayStation 4 - 829
  5. Xbox One - 518
  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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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40 Comments
kopstudent89 (on 08 April 2021)

Switch: sells 750k in a non-holiday week

Also Switch: down YoY

Absolute insanity. I never thought we'd ever see the DS reincarnated

  • +18
trunkswd kopstudent89 (on 08 April 2021)

Switch is a beast.

  • +16

How can it sell 750k in a week and be down from last year? What was going on back then?

  • +2

The start of the lockdowns from the pandemic. Sales of every console shot up. New systems. Old systems. If people could get their hands on it, it was selling.

The switch was actually being scalped for 400-500 dollars as I recall.

Plus animal crossing which also had a good launch.

  • +6
SKMBlake (on 08 April 2021)

Xbox One be like "Are we there yet ?"
50 million mark: "No"
Xbox One: "And now ?
50 million: "No"
Xbox One: "And now ?

50 million: "No"

  • +6
Ninhut SKMBlake (on 08 April 2021)

next week or week after next determined

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Kakadu18 Ninhut (on 08 April 2021)

Watch it be 100 units below 50mil.

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curl-6 (on 08 April 2021)

Monster Hunter is a system seller indeed, and not just in Japan

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Genuine (on 08 April 2021)

Switch will do big numbers this year and I hope new switch model is real

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Kakadu18 Genuine (on 08 April 2021)

I hope so too.

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SvenTheTurkey Genuine (on 08 April 2021)

With the chip shortages, I'm really doubting it. Either way, I think a small revision like 2019 and a 4k dock is more likely.

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Kwaidd (on 08 April 2021)

Switch sales have been so impressive, it's amazing to see that they are down yoy.

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trunkswd Kwaidd (on 08 April 2021)

March 2020 had Animal Crossing and the boost in gaming sales across the board due to the pandemic.

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Kwaidd trunkswd (on 08 April 2021)

yeah, wasn't thinking about that. Feels like we are still in that year, lol!

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trunkswd Kwaidd (on 08 April 2021)

When I did the numbers and saw it was down year-on-year I was surprised. But it shows how insane sales were a year ago.

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Genuine trunkswd (on 08 April 2021)

Switch was popular because of animal crossing not the pandemic

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siebensus4 (on 08 April 2021)

PS5 does now look pretty healthy in Asia. Switch sales should be up YoY again next week (because of shortages last year).

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mutantsushi siebensus4 (on 09 April 2021)

Yeah I noticed that on Asia. Most amazing from this last period is the Japan specific numbers for PS5 this last week are less than half of 1% lower than XS numbers in North America. EDIT: And that is with less than half the population of US+CAN, so even accounting for split market in US+CAN I would say Japan is very clearly ahead in proportionate sales/population for this week of figures.

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Sonmakodo (on 08 April 2021)

So by Nintendo’s own numbers it’s probably somewhere between 85 and 86 million at this point. Insane.

  • +3
Genuine Sonmakodo (on 09 April 2021)

Yessssss you get it

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Ninten78 (on 08 April 2021)

Nintendo Switch is god

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Ninhut (on 08 April 2021)

I was right about 750k last week

  • +2
eddy7eddy Ninhut (on 08 April 2021)

Ego

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Genuine Ninhut (on 08 April 2021)

You're good

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Kakadu18 (on 08 April 2021)

Switch numbers are as I expected astronomical.

  • +1
Alistair (on 10 April 2021)

I wonder if it can catch the gameboy or gameboy advance in North America. Still not a favorite here, Japan is the crazy place.

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SanAndreasX (on 09 April 2021)

Switch is really beasting right now. How long before it passes 360?

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moschefenty (on 08 April 2021)

Sempre me impressiona os números do Nintendo Switch, não dá pra saber de onde vem tanta força e quanto tempo vai durar, tenho certeza que venderá mais de 108 milhões até 31 de dezembro. Deve ultrapassar o PS4 em meados de 2022, se tiver um relançamento as vendas devem continuar altas por pelo menos mais 2 anos a partir de 2022.

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moschefenty moschefenty (on 08 April 2021)

I am always impressed by the numbers of the Nintendo Switch, I cannot know where it comes from so much strength and how long it will last, I am sure it will sell more than 108 million until December 31st. It should surpass the PS4 in history of 2022, if it has a relaunch as sales should remain high for at least another 2 years from 2022*

  • +1
aris4me (on 08 April 2021)

Insane! Switch is a monster!

  • 0
SKMBlake (on 08 April 2021)

I would've expect more for the Switch

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JWeinCom SKMBlake (on 08 April 2021)

Is this sarcasm?

  • +1
SKMBlake JWeinCom (on 08 April 2021)

Well no, I was expecting around 800-850k (even 900k) since the game sold 5 million in 3 days

  • +1
JWeinCom SKMBlake (on 08 April 2021)

I think your expectations were unreasonable then. Switch sales are essentially flat (considering margin of error) over last year when Animal Crossing launched, which outsold Monster Hunter Rise in Japan in terms of physical copies, by about 33%. Presumably, since Japan is by far MH's strongest region, Animal Crossing beat it pretty soundly worldwide.

You could argue that Monster Hunter fans were more likely to buy a Switch specifically for Rise than Animal Crossing fans were for Animal Crossing (Animal Crossing appeals to a lot of gamers who may have already owned a Switch for something like Pokemon or Mario Kart), but I think it's unreasonable to expect that it would have driven sales higher than for Animal Crossing.

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SKMBlake JWeinCom (on 08 April 2021)

You're probably right

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JWeinCom SKMBlake (on 08 April 2021)

Well, I'm definitely right because I'm taking a position after we already know the numbers :p. I kind of cheated.

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Kakadu18 SKMBlake (on 08 April 2021)

The game sold 4 million in three days.
Edit: Lol, someone downvoted my comment although I just stated a fact. Lmao.

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SKMBlake Kakadu18 (on 09 April 2021)

We don't like facts here (I'm not the one who downvoted you tho)

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deerox SKMBlake (on 09 April 2021)

It didnt't sell 5 million in three days. The game had sold 4 million copies after three days and 5 milion after ten days.
https://www.capcom.co.jp/ir/english/news/html/e210329.html
https://www.capcom.co.jp/ir/english/news/html/e210405.html

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Genuine deerox (on 09 April 2021)

Capcom said 5 million after first week in Twitter

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