Before the Nintendo Switch portable console debuted, many gamers had quite mixed feelings, and certainly few people expected this device to be a success. From the beginning, it was distinguished by its unusual design, which was supposed to revolutionize the gameplay. In the end, we can talk about a small revolution, because so far the console is selling well and other manufacturers are following this solution. We already know how many copies have been sold so far.
According to new statistics provided by Nintendo, we know how many copies of the Nintendo Switch console have already been sold. It turns out that the device may soon break the world sales record for this type of equipment.
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From Nintendo Report, which was made available on February 6, 2024, shows that sales of the Nintendo Switch console fell in fiscal year 2024 (compared to the previous year) by 34.9%, but we are still talking about 3.40 million copies sold. Sales of the updated Nintendo Switch OLED version are much better (8.17 vs. 7.69 million units) and the weaker “Lite” variant (2.18 vs. 2 million units). However, it's worth moving on to the main topic, namely the total number of consoles sold over the roughly 7-year period since the premiere. We're talking 139.36 million copies here. Currently, the Sony PlayStation 2 console is still dominant in this aspect, having sold as many as 158 million units. So there is still a lot to beat on this record.
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The number of games sold is also very impressive, since we are talking about 1.2 billion copies. Below we can see how large this value is compared to all Nintendo consoles. The massive, undeniable success of the Nintendo Switch also gives us insight into what users expect today. Obviously, two problems play a role: low price and production runability. In the final aspect, what matters more than the visual layer is the gameplay itself. We are approaching the premiere of the next installment of Nintendo Switch, which has great potential to achieve similar success, as long as the company does not forget that the key to high sales is a low price. Most gamers (this is still a nod to Nintendo hardware) expect exactly this, not to play at the highest possible level.
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