Nintendo Switch sold more than N64 and GameCube combined
The Nintendo Switch has reached a total of 55.77 million units sold since its launch in 2017: more than the sum of the Nintendo 64 and GameCube. Animal Crossing: New Horizons may have an influence on that figure, as it has accumulated 11.77 million sales in the first ten days and 13.41 million in the first six weeks.
In the first quarter of 2020, 3.29 million units of the Switch were sold, a 33 percent increase over the same period last year. As a result, the console is already larger than the Nintendo 64, which had 32.93 million units sold, with the GameCube, which reached 21.74 million.
Regarding the full fiscal year, from April 1, 2019 to March 31, since the year, the number of Switches sold was 21 million, exceeding the company’s forecast of 18 million.
In the next fiscal year, until March 31, 2021, Nintendo expects to sell an additional 19 million units of the Switch. It is 20 million units below the 3DS sales figure.
One of the main bets for sales growth is the social isolation due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, which caused the COVID-19. This means having more people at home looking for alternatives to pass the time.
In the United States, consumers have had difficulty finding the video game for sale, and in some cases, the console is sold for almost twice the amount suggested by Nintendo ($299 for the traditional model).
Animal Crossing is Switch’s sixth best-selling game
Launched on March 20, Animal Crossing: New Horizons reached the mark of 11.77 million units sold by the end of the fiscal year on March 31. However, Nintendo reported that that number has passed 13.41 million copies in the first six weeks.
Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises and the company’s hybrid console version couldn’t come at a better time: it’s a relaxing game that allows the player to simulate life on a desert island, evolving in his own way. I’ve already told you that this has been my best hobby in quarantine.
Total sales put New Horizons in sixth place in the Nintendo Switch’s best-selling game ranking. It’s already bigger than Luigi’s Mansion 3, New Super Mario Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party, Splatoon 2 and Pokémon Let’s Go. The bestsellers were:
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (24.77 million)
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (18.84 million)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (17.41 million)
- Super Mario Odyssey (17.41 million)
- Pokémon Sword & Shield (17.37 million)