Nintendo held its regular investor’s briefing on April 25, 2019, which formally closes out the fiscal year of 2018. As a new fiscal year begins, the company has released a laundry list of financial info for its investors. But, one bit of info that basically everyone in the industry cares about (fans included) are hardware sales numbers. Nintendo has now confirmed that as of March 31, 2019, the Nintendo Switch has sold 34.74 million units worldwide.
It was reported just a few days ago that sales were in the 33 million range (based on data from VGChartz) which formally put the console ahead of the Nintendo 64 in terms of worldwide sales. Now we know for a fact that the Switch has now officially outsold threeof the six other home systems that Nintendo has produced. The next target is the SNES, which sold 49.10 million units worldwide.
Of course, the Switch still isn’t the one and only Nintendo system being produced. The 3DS’ worldwide numbers have also been updated; it now sits at 75.08 million units worldwide.
For comparison, the last official sales update was back on October 30, 2018 with the data ending on September 30, 2018. At that time, the Switch was at 22.86 million units sold and the 3DS was at 73.53 million units. So now, six months later, we see that the Switch user base has grown by a whopping 11.88 million units. Meanwhile, the 3DS user base has only grown by 1.55 million units. If it wasn’t clear before, it should be clear now that the 3DS family is on its very last legs. While Nintendo still hasn’t announced the end of production, it wouldn’t be surprising if that call is made by 2020. At that time, the 3DS would be nine years old in total, so it would’ve lived a very long life by then.
Switch sales have remained strong since its release back in March 2017. The NPD recently reported it’s been the top-selling system for the past four months in the USA alone, which is the largest sector in the gaming market. Daniel Ahmad, an analyst of the industry, shared some insight on just how well it’s been doing.
According to the data, the Switch shipments are moving at a similar pace to that of the PS4, which is already past the 90 million unit threshold in just five years. Thus, if the Switch continues this momentum for about three more years, it too should hit that level. If that happens, the Switch would then become the second best-selling Nintendo home system of all time (just behind the Wii) and for the sake of comparison, it would also have been more successful than even the 3DS.