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The Switch is in: Nintendo has sold 10 million units so far

by Justin Herrick | December 16, 2017December 16, 2017 6:00 am EST

Nintendo’s latest video game console is a success. The Switch is selling well around the world, and the company has shared exactly how many units have been sold. Consumers have purchased 10 million units since the product became available nine months ago, which is up from the 7.63 million units sold by the end of September.

A healthy number of first-party and third-party games have contributed to the Switch’s first-year performance. Nintendo has released titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildSuper Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe before the console’s birthday early next year. Partners, too, have brought significant titles to the platform. Rocket LeagueThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Stardew Valley have all made their way to the Switch.

Here’s what Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime said about the product’s global rise:

“As you can see in people’s living rooms, on a plane or riding the subway, fans all over the world can enjoy playing Nintendo Switch wherever they go. The response from fans has been great, and we’re doing our very best to satisfy demand during the holiday shopping season.”

Typically there’s a struggle for Nintendo to keep its hardware in stock throughout the holidays, but 2017 seems to be different. The Switch is in stock online and in retail stores around the world. Select retailers might be sold out at times; however, it’s not for long stretches.

Out of the gate, the Switch was also a win for Nintendo. Its opening weekend, while lower than the Wii’s in 2006, was better than the Wii U’s in 2012. That’s impressive considering Nintendo’s previous console was released just before the holidays and the Switch arrived in March. The Switch is just a much more compelling product since it realistically merges home-based and on-the-go gaming. Wherever you go, the Switch can be played.

Upcoming titles planned for releases in 2018 include Kirby Star Allies, an unnamed Yoshi game, Wolfenstein II: The New Colussus, and Mega Man 11.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...