As of December 26th 2020, according to sales-tracking website VGChartz, the Nintendo Switch has finally outsold the 3DS, hitting an estimated 76,285,948 units sold. The 3DS, released in 2011, has so far sold 75,906,986 units.
The “List of best-selling game consoles” page of Wikipedia hasn’t been updated at the time of writing, but the Switch’s increased sales at the end of last year – no doubt due to Christmas purchases – would bump it up to being the 11th best-selling console of all time, behind the Game Boy, the Wii, and the Nintendo DS family. The Switch has a way to go until it reaches the top five, though – the cutoff is 102 million units sold.
However, with the Switch selling more than every other console combined last year, we could be seeing the rise of a worthy successor to the Wii’s lifetime sales (101.63 million). It’s also worth noting that the 3DS has been out for almost ten years, and the Switch managed to make the same number of sales in just three years – and given the predictions that we might see a Switch Pro this year, that number can only go up.
If you’ve read all this and you’re still hungry for more sales figures, then check out this visualisation of the last 20 years of Nintendo console sales, or read about how Animal Crossing: New Horizons helped the UK video game industry pass £4 billion for the first time. If that’s still not enough, you might be beyond our help.
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