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Switch Ships 103.54 Million Units as of December 2021

Switch Ships 103.54 Million Units as of December 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 February 2022 / 5,097 Views

Nintendo has released its latest hardware and software figures for the Nintendo Switch through December 31, 2021. Shipments figures for the Nintendo Switch reached 103.54 million units, while 766.41 million Switch games have been shipped lifetime.

For the quarter Nintendo shipped 10.67 million Switch units and 85.41 million Switch games. The Switch hardware breaks down to 3.80 million units shipped in the Americas, 3.38 million units in Europe, 2.29 million in Japan, and 1.20 million in the rest of the world. 

The regular Nintendo switch model accounts for 81.68 million units of the 103.54 million Switch consoles shipped worldwide. The Switch Lite accounts for 17.87 million units and the Switch OLED accounts for 3.99 million units.

Nintendo has lowered its forecast for the quarter ending March 31, 2022 by one million to 23.00 million Switch consoles due to the chip shortages. This would mean four million Switch consoles shipped in the quarter ending March 31, 2022 for a lifetime shipment total of 107.59 million units.

Nintendo for the nine month period reported net sales were down six percent to ¥1,320.22 billion ($11.49 billion) and an operating profit down 9.3 percent to ¥472.55 billion ($4.11 billion).

Switch Shipments Reach 92.87 Million Units as of September 30

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

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 43.35 million
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 37.62 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 27.40 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 25.80 million
  5. Pokemon Sword / Pokemon Shield – 23.90 million
  6. Super Mario Odyssey – 23.02 million
  7. Super Mario Party – 17.39 million
  8. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 14.33 million
  9. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Pokemon Shining Pearl – 13.97 million - NEW
  10. Ring Fit Adventure – 13.53 million
Nintendo also shared the sales figures of more games:
  1. Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 11.04 million
  2. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 8.85 million
  3. Mario Party Superstars – 5.43 million - New
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD – 3.85 million
  5. Metroid Dread – 2.74 million (New)
  6. New Pokemon Snap – 2.36 million
  7. Mario Golf: Super Rush – 2.26 million
  8. Miitopia – 1.63 million
  9. Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain – 1.28 million - New
  10. WarioWare: Get It Together! – 1.24 million
  11. Game Builder Garage – 1.01 million

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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aTokenYeti (on 03 February 2022)

It was clear they passed 100 million lifetime but it’s nice to hear it from Nintendo themselves. Next stop is the PS4, and who knows after that

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Doctor_MG (on 03 February 2022)

In one quarter Switch shipped just 900k shy of what Sony expects PS5 to ship in it's entire fiscal year. Pretty crazy when you think about it

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sboy11es Doctor_MG (on 03 February 2022)

Is sony expecting to sell only 11 Million consoles?

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sboy11es trunkswd (on 03 February 2022)

in all 2022-2023?

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2zosteven (on 03 February 2022)

Switch has this year covered easily!

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thevideogameninja (on 03 February 2022)

Whoa! Awesome news for Nintendo and more importantly for gamers.

Who would have thought we would see such a feat in such a short amount of time. The sales of the Wii were the stuff of legends for many years thanks to all the buzz around it during its lifetime. It's good to see records being broken!


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Diamondragon (on 04 February 2022)

Just a quick heads-up for anyone who doesn't know, but Nintendo only published New Pokemon Snap internationally. In Japan, Bandai Namco handled publishing, so Japanese copies are not counted towards the above total.

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siebensus4 (on 03 February 2022)

I'm curious what forecast Nintendo has for the fiscal year '22-'23. I guess we have to wait until April. It could be 18M then to be on the safe side. I'm still hoping for another 20M calendar year.

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Kakadu18 (on 03 February 2022)

They also updated the shipments of New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe btw.

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CourageTCD (on 03 February 2022)

Did Metroid Dread sell well?

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super_etecoon CourageTCD (on 03 February 2022)

2.74 million is just under Metroid Prime's 2.84 million. Prime was a 3D FPS (or FPA if you want to use Nintendo's parlance) with cutting edge graphics for the time. Dread was a $60 2D Metroidvania, a genre that has seen more than its share of bloat. Good bloat, mind you, but there are plenty of other avenues to get that same upgrade-to-progress itch scratched on all consoles.

So considering all that, and that Dread has only been on the market as of these earnings for less than 3 months, you could definitely say it has sold very well. It's guaranteed to be the best selling Metroid of all time (until MP4, of course), and could end up selling 3.5-4 million when it's all said and done. Maybe more if Nintendo decides to price it more in line with games of the genre, but I wouldn't count on any price cut other than the typical holiday sale that Nintendo runs on their 1st Party software.

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2zosteven CourageTCD (on 03 February 2022)

yes for a Metroid game, no considering how amazing dread and Metroid games are.

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Amnesia (on 03 February 2022)

So MARIO MAKER 2 will never be a 10 millions seller ? this game is already dead ?

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Agente42 Amnesia (on 03 February 2022)

The big audience chose the port fo wiiu. The thirs to 2D AAA action plataformMario is real. Mario have 3 entries: 2D mario, 3d Mario, Mario maker.

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Kakadu18 Amnesia (on 03 February 2022)

It just didn't yet ship 1mil this fiscal year. Maybe we'll get an update up until March 31st and if not it's still likely that it legs it out with 500k+ per year. We'll get more shipment updates from CESA at some point.

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