A few days ago, on the occasion of the periodic meeting with shareholders, Nintendo updated the sales figures of Nintendo Switch communicating the achievement of 41.67 million units distributed since the launch on 3 March 2017 to 30 September 2019 (31 months in total).
A high-level result, to which the 1.95 million Nintendo Switch Lite sold in just 10 days, from 20 to 30 September 2019 also contributed. Immediately after the presentation of the data, Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad came to the brilliant idea of comparing Nintendo Switch sales with those made by the two most successful home consoles of all time – PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 4 – in the same time frame after the launch.
We discover that, after 31 weeks of market availability, that PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch have sold an incredibly similar amount of units. Judge for yourself by analyzing the attached graphic at the bottom, from which other details can be deduced: the sales of Wii were much higher than those of the three consoles mentioned, but they dropped a lot in the following years; PS2, on the other hand, took some time to get going because for 7 months (from March to October 2000) it was a Japanese exclusive.
The switch seems therefore to have all the credentials to match the results of the two consoles from Sony, even if it is difficult to predict the trend in the coming months. We will continue to monitor the situation. It should also be noted that after 71 months of marketing, PlayStation 4 is on the same level as PlayStation 2, which eventually ended its run with an astonishing total of 155 million.
Here is a look at cumulative global console shipments for key consoles (Launch aligned).
After 31 months on the market, the Nintendo Switch has sold in 41.67 million units and is tracking alongside PS4 and PS2 which were at a similar total in the same timeframe. Wii was ahead. pic.twitter.com/Hd4ZKDXEkG
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) October 31, 2019