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Nintendo Switch Outsells PS4 Worldwide

Nintendo Switch Outsells PS4 Worldwide - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 December 2022 / 26,764 Views

The Nintendo Switch has outsold the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 4, according to VGChartz estimates. 

The Switch sold an estimated 1,331,185 units for the week ending November 26, 2022 to bring its lifetime sales to 117.27 million units. This compares to the PlayStation 4 with sales of 117.03 million units lifetime. The figure for the Switch includes the combined sales of the original Switch model, the Switch Lite, and Switch OLED.

Nintendo's hybrid console has now become the fourth best-selling video game platform of all time. Next up is the Game Boy (plus Game Boy Color) at 118.69 million units. After that is the Nintendo DS with 154.02 million units sold lifetime.

The Switch is 1.42 million units away from the Game Boy and 36.75 million units from the DS.

Nintendo Switch Outsells PS1 Worldwide

Breaking down the sales of the Switch by region, it has sold 42.29 million units in North America, 29.75 million units in Europe, 27.13 million units in Japan, and 18.11 million units in the rest of the world.

This compares to the PlayStation 4, which sold 38.20 million units in North America, 45.92 million units in Europe, 9.58 million units in Japan, and 23.32 million units in the rest of the world.

Breaking down sales of the Switch in Europe even further, it has sold 5.84 million units in the UK, 6.78 million in France, and 6.18 million in Germany.

Shipment figures for the Nintendo Switch reached 114.33 million units as of September 30, 2022, while 917,59 million Switch games had been shipped lifetime.

Here is a list of the top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games, according to Nintendo's shipment figures through September 30, 2022:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 48.41 million
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 40.17 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 29.53 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 27.79 million
  5. Pokemon Sword / Pokemon Shield – 25.37 million
  6. Super Mario Odyssey – 24.40 million
  7. Super Mario Party – 18.35 million
  8. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Pokemon Shining Pearl – 14.92 million
  9. Ring Fit Adventure – 14.87 million
  10. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 14.81 million

The Switch launched worldwide on March 3, 2017, while the PS4 launched in North America on November 15, 2013, in Europe on November 29, 2013, and in Japan on February 22, 2014.

Update: Article update based on latest adjustments

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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24 Comments
Blakeava1821 (on 07 December 2022)

Awesome News! I knew The Nintendo Switch Family would OUTSELL the ps4 family.
Now to OUTSELL the gameboy/gameboy color!
The DS and ps2 would just be Icing on the cake!

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trunkswd (on 08 December 2022)

If anyone is interested I go over the latest VGChartz estimates, Switch outselling PS4, and more gaming news over on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYksLE04ZOM

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xMetroid (on 07 December 2022)

And without a price cut... wild times.

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Eagle367 (on 10 December 2022)

And there we have it folks. Man Mario kart 8 deluxe is insane.

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Eagle367 (on 10 December 2022)

I hope the switch goes beyond ps2

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 08 December 2022)

Switch isn't even part of gen 8 that was wii u

Still what a turn around from that mess of a Wii u

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PaulPortland LivncA_Dis3 (on 08 December 2022)

Well, in that case, it seems very impossible that PS5 or X Series pass or at least approach to Nintendo Switch, so that will be the same result

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Zyphe PaulPortland (on 10 December 2022)

Agreed. The PS5 and Series X wont be able to outsell it,or even match the 1st Party exclusive games, as always.

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Signalstar (on 12 December 2022)

Congrats Nintendo. Biggest comeback in gaming history!

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Darwinianevolution (on 07 December 2022)

At this point, I wonder if we'll get those special versions before the successor. We got the base version and the handheld only, we may still get a home console only and a Switch Pro.

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Alistair Darwinianevolution (on 07 December 2022)

They could release a more powerful and premium Switch Pro. $400. It needs to be at least 3x faster CPU and GPU at this point though (like the Xbox One X). Not a small update. And release a home console version of that Switch Pro for less money. A box only for half price. And a 5nm refresh of the base Switch with massive battery life. If they wanted to. It's like Apple. They could. But they decide based on what they think makes the most money, not what is good for the consumer.

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darthv72 (on 07 December 2022)

Does the switch have enough left in the tank to do another 40m over the next couple years? Achieving this in less than 6 is quite impressive but also they did it with no real price cut outside of the cheaper lite version. Zelda can add a few sales but would sell to mostly those who already have one. Metroid is still a no show after all these years. I'm just not convinced it can make it into the top two (its going to pass GB easily). I feel it could settle in somewhere around 140m tops.

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super_etecoon darthv72 (on 07 December 2022)

If Nintendo wants it I believe it is theirs to take. The number you have referenced would be if the system basically dropped off a cliff. Nintendo will likely be at 123m at the end of the fiscal year. This is before the sequel to arguably one of the greatest games of all time releases, alongside another Zelda-themed Switch. Even if sales just completely half themselves over the next two years they arrive at your number. Granted, that is possible, and if Nintendo wants to send it off to die, that is their choice. But if Nintendo want to get to 150 all they need to do is release another upgraded revision (Pro, New, XL), start packing in a game or two and/or drop the price, cut the price of the Switch Lite, etc. The possibilities are endless since they really haven't played too many cards to date. Whether Nintendo decides to go this route is anyone's guess right now. A "Switch U" scenario doesn't seem very likely, but Nintendo hasn't really put together a back-to-back success story (outside of the DS/Wii) in quite a while so I could see a little fear keeping them from ejecting too soon.

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SvenTheTurkey super_etecoon (on 07 December 2022)

I think that's a very good point. The switch hasn't seen a price drop yet other than the lite which I wouldn't really consider since it's also less product.

It pretty much all depends on Nintendo. They have all the levers and knobs to sell what they want. But I think they'll replace it before it reaches the ds. The only thing they have to gain is a feather in their cap which isn't insignificant. It could be useful for attracting investors, but they won't do it if they feel like it's a worse strategy in the long term.

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Bofferbrauer2 darthv72 (on 07 December 2022)

It probably depends on when the successor will come out.

Holidays 2023, and it will get tough.
Spring 2024, and it will get tight, but might be doable
Holidays 2024 or later, and it should be in the bag

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Alistair darthv72 (on 07 December 2022)
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Darwinianevolution (on 07 December 2022)

At this point, I wonder if we'll get those special versions before the successor. We got the base version and the handheld only, we may still get a home console only and a Switch Pro.

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Alistair (on 07 December 2022)
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