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Switch OLED Boosts Switch Sales to Over 860,000 - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Oct 3-9

Switch OLED Boosts Switch Sales to Over 860,000 - Worldwide Hardware Estimates for Oct 3-9 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 October 2021 / 8,502 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 861,914 units sold for the week ending October 9, according to VGChartz estimates. Switch sales more than tripled due to the worldwide launch of the OLED Model. The Switch has now sold an estimated 92.45 million units lifetime.

To compare, the Nintendo Switch Lite boosted Switch sales to just under 600,000 units in its opening week.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 254,910 units to bring its lifetime sales to 12.73 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 164,365 units to bring their lifetime sales to 7.78 million units.

The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 28,235 units, the Xbox One sold 11,992 units, and the Nintendo 3DS sold 362 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same week a year ago are up 330,908 units (62.3%). The PlayStation 4 is down 54,014 (-65.7%), the Xbox One is down 20,391 units (-63.0%), and the 3DS is down 3,758 units (-91.2%).

Looking at sales week-on-week, Nintendo Switch sales are up by a massive 610,000 units, PlayStation 5 sales are up by over 14,000 units, while Xbox Series X|S sales are up by over 9,000 units.

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

Global hardware estimates (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 861,914 (92,448,650)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 254,910 (12,733,563)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 164,365 (7,775,901)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 28,235 (116,591,221)
  5. Xbox One - 11,992 (50,429,619)
  6. 3DS - 362 (75,944,565)
Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 347,702
  2. PlayStation 5 - 98,199
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 83,348
  4. PlayStation 4 - 9,758
  5. Xbox One - 8,936
Europe hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 234,412
  2. PlayStation 5 - 111,220
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 58,617
  4. PlayStation 4 - 15,593
  5. Xbox One - 2,473
Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 246,621
  2. PlayStation 5 - 35,798
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 15,218
  4. PlayStation 4 - 2,447
  5. Xbox One - 395
  6. 3DS - 362 (Japan only)
Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:
  1. Switch - 33,179
  2. PlayStation 5 - 9,693
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 7,182
  4. PlayStation 4 - 437
  5. Xbox One - 188

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
eddy7eddy (on 18 October 2021)

Solid Launch and thanks for the early data!
Hope all consoles are able to keep up the demand of real players.

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trunkswd eddy7eddy (on 18 October 2021)

Some data I normally don't get until Wednesday or Thursday I was able to get early, so decided to post this earlier than usual.

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SanAndreasX (on 18 October 2021)

Damn. I didn’t think the OLED model would give Switch that much of a boost. Almost a million units .

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2zosteven (on 18 October 2021)

WOW! they could be much higher sales, best buy is sold out. Wonder how many of these can sell over the holidays?

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h2ohno (on 18 October 2021)

I was disappointed that the Oled was not a Switch Pro that could better keep up with the new generation. I didn't like the price of the Oled. But clearly Nintendo knew what they were doing. The Switch train will keep rolling for a while yet.

Sales for Metroid Dread must be off the charts for the franchise if sales for the new console revision are this high.

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SanAndreasX h2ohno (on 18 October 2021)

It is possible that Nintendo wanted to upgrade the internals of the Switch, but was deterred by the semiconductor shortage.

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Legit SanAndreasX (on 19 October 2021)

Or maybe they thought that since we're already almost 5 years into the gen why not use the PRO,s resource to make a next gen switch in a few years

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Jumpin (on 18 October 2021)

Seems that helped 2021 Switch regain some lost track against 2020 Switch. Can 2021 Switch pull a Sifan Hassan?

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Slownenberg Jumpin (on 19 October 2021)

haha love the running reference on vgchartz. For a second I was like uhhh is this Letsrun?!

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Slownenberg (on 19 October 2021)

Nice good to see the sales explosion. Big numbers were bound to happen as sales had been slow all summer ever since the OLED was announced. Hopefully it'll be above 500k next week and maybe bottom at 400k for a few weeks before heading into a huge holiday season.

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smroadkill15 (on 18 October 2021)

Wow, that is one hell of a boost for the Switch.

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siebensus4 (on 18 October 2021)

That's a bit more than my estimated 600-700k. Congrats!

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Qwark (on 18 October 2021)

Amazing what a simple screen and design update does for the Switch. Like this actually enough and they can still make the Switch plus if they want to stretch the Switch is lifetime

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farlaff (on 18 October 2021)

Holy smoke, that's a lot of units sold! It seems to show that there really was a wait from consumers to get it instead of the older models.

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CaptainExplosion (on 19 October 2021)

But wouldn't Metroid Dread have boosted the Switch even a little?

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AllfatherStarr CaptainExplosion (on 20 October 2021)

Metroid being one of the more niche Nintendo franchises, I would imagine the boost wont be that much, as in die hard Metroid fans probably already owned a Switch.

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Mars2001 (on 18 October 2021)

Amazing OLED the KING

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 October 2021)

I estimated around 900k, looks like I wasn't very far off this time around

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Legit (on 19 October 2021)

Nintendo dominated this holiday season already

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Imthelegend (on 19 October 2021)

Impressive numbers. With so few OLED switches left especially in the US and Japan means this won't last long. Hopefully Nintendo can get enough consoles out there to keep demand in check

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SvenTheTurkey (on 18 October 2021)

What was going on last year that the switch sold over 500,000? Is my memory foggy and that was every week?

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SanAndreasX SvenTheTurkey (on 18 October 2021)

The pandemic slowed down life for a lot of people,, and Animal Crossing: New Horizon was unbelievably popular, in part as another result of the pandemic. Those two things turned out to be a huge boon for the Switch.

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Kakadu18 SanAndreasX (on 18 October 2021)

Nah, it's obviously Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

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SvenTheTurkey SanAndreasX (on 20 October 2021)

I know the switch was killing it last year. I just didn't remember it being that high. I thought maybe there was something specific a year ago. But yeah I guess it was just the continued popularity.

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Torpoleon (on 18 October 2021)

Wow, that's a lot. I optimistically thought about 750k. Don't know many who predicted 861k! Awesome!! And PS5 & Xbox pulled in great numbers as well. Hope they can all keep it up!

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progstarmac (on 19 October 2021)

Switch sales will keep increasing exponential and disproportionately. And better games are also coming.

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deerox (on 18 October 2021)

Suprising that the OLED gave the Switch more of a boost then the Lite did.

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SKMBlake deerox (on 19 October 2021)

Why ?

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deerox SKMBlake (on 20 October 2021)

The Lite is cheaper. If you are gonna buy multiple Switch systems for a household it makes sense to go for the Lite.

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SKMBlake deerox (on 20 October 2021)

Yeah but the OLED would appeal to the Lite users and the V1 users, which represents about 45 million users

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Amnesia (on 18 October 2021)

Nice but I stick on my prediction. Next gen console will be announced next year for a release in 2023

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SvenTheTurkey Amnesia (on 18 October 2021)

Unlikely. Not with such high sales and the constant CEO comments about this year being the halfway point. Holiday 2024 at the earliest.

Nintendo doesn't care about power. They care about sales. The only thing that can crater switch sales would be an announcement like that. They'll ride it out.

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Legit SvenTheTurkey (on 19 October 2021)

No there will be a next gen switch in 2023

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ironmanDX Legit (on 19 October 2021)

Why? They've literally just released a revision..... Why through that R&D money away.... lmao.

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SvenTheTurkey ironmanDX (on 20 October 2021)

Yeah. An announcement next year would submarine the OLED sales. That has to be a year of solid sales at minimum.

They'll announce a successor the same way they did with the switch. Either October 2024 for March 2025 or June 2024 for November 2024.

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SKMBlake Amnesia (on 19 October 2021)

You also predicted that sales would drop after christmas 2020, but here we are

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Slownenberg Amnesia (on 19 October 2021)

haha that was never going to happen. It'll be Spring or Holiday 2024. It would make zero sense to replace Switch before 2024. 2023 will have the last big round of huge first party games on Switch, no reason to launch a new system that year.

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GaoGaiGarV (on 19 October 2021)
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