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Nintendo Switch Sales Top 20 Million Units in Japan

Nintendo Switch Sales Top 20 Million Units in Japan - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 June 2021 / 1,548 Views

The Nintendo Switch has been a huge success for Nintendo worldwide, which includes Japan. The Nintendo Switch has sold over 20 million units in Japan as of June 2, 2021, according to data from Famitsu

The sales figure breakdown to 16,168,420 units sold of the original Nintendo Switch, while the Nintendo Switch Lite has sold 3,849,858 units.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best-selling game for the Nintendo Switch in Japan with sales of 6,778,146 units. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold 4,285,272 units, Pokemon Sword and Shield has sold 4,052,668units, Splatoon 2 has sold 3,868,221 units, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 3,844,200 units.

The Nintendo Switch is the fifth best-selling gaming platform of all time in Japan, according to ResetEra:

  1. Nintendo DS - 32,990,000
  2. Nintendo Gameboy + Color - 32,470,000
  3. Nintendo 3DS - 25,260,000
  4. Playstation 2 - 21,454,325
  5. Nintendo Switch - 20,018,278

The Nintendo Switch launched worldwide on June 2, 2021. 

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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AkimboCurly (on 02 June 2021)

That's a sixth of the population. Crazy

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SuperNintend0rk (on 02 June 2021)

Congrats to Nintendo! 3rd place is basically guaranteed but 1st or 2nd will be tough. although not impossible!

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Shadow1980 SuperNintend0rk (on 02 June 2021)

Yeah, 3rd place, a position currently held by the 3DS, is pretty much guaranteed at this point. But the deficit is needs to overcome to hit #1 or #2 (currently held by the DS and Game Boy, respectively, in a near-tie) is much higher, though not yet insurmountable. It'll take 12.5-13M more units, which is definitely doable if the Switch retains strong sales over the next year or two. On a regional basis, Japan is the market where it has the best shot of being the new #1. It's already 60% of the way there, a far better position than in the U.S. and Europe.

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eddy7eddy Shadow1980 (on 02 June 2021)

Exactly, I don't see Switch on 3rd place at the end, except if Sony release a Switch Killer or Nintendo releasing Switch 2 on/before 2023.

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SuperNintend0rk eddy7eddy (on 02 June 2021)

I'm just not sure if it'll make it much past 30 million before it's discontinued. A price cut will really help to extend its legs, as will the Pro model if it ends up being more than just a rumor.

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Shadow1980 SuperNintend0rk (on 02 June 2021)

30M is probably the floor at this point in Japan unless Nintendo replaces it next year, which I don't see happening with the "Pro" model coming this year. But I think it'll most likely be replaced in either Nov. 2023 or March 2024. Even if this year falls a bit short of 2020, sales drop a massive 33% next year and then by half in 2023 and each subsequent year, it will still get to around 30M.

I think this year will be about flat from last year (±5%), with maybe only a 20% drop next year, and a 40-50% drop in 2023, assuming a November release that year. This would put it about on par with the DS & Game Boy. If it's a March 2024 release, that could put the Switch closer to 34M. Best-case, I don't see it selling much higher than 35M, but even a narrow win is a win.

I give the Switch about a 50/50 chance of becoming the new #1 in Japan, even if I think the odds are very low elsewhere. It's not guaranteed, but it's very likely, and it won't be a huge disparity either way.

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SuperNintend0rk Shadow1980 (on 02 June 2021)

That seems like a reasonable prediction to me. I do think it'll need at least one price cut to help it get there, which I'm sure it will eventually get once sales slow down.

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CheddarPlease Shadow1980 (on 02 June 2021)

While I do agree with your analysis for the most part, I'm still rather confused by why you believe that the Switch will be replaced by the end of 2023 other than "Nintendo will do what they have always done." Given the increasing likelihood that we are about to see a E3 games blowout this year, not to mention the release of a new revision, my question to you is, if the Switch is currently receiving better hardware and software support in its 5th year than any other Nintendo console this century, why would it be safe to assume that it will nonetheless be discontinued around the same time?

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Kakadu18 CheddarPlease (on 02 June 2021)

It's the same thing over and over again. Nintendo said the Switch will have a longer life but still some people think it'll be less than seven years or at
most seven. Launching the successor before holiday 2024 would be a stupid mistake from Nintendo that I don't see happening.

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Kakadu18 (on 02 June 2021)

Interesting that the Switch launched June 2nd 2021, lol.

Either way great achievement, 30mil is guaranteed.

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siebensus4 (on 03 June 2021)

I would be very surprised if Switch wouldn't join the 30m+ club...

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