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Switch officially surpasses total worldwide sales of the NES

Job well done, Switch!

Back on August 6th, 2020, we posted up a note saying that the Switch had almost certainly surpassed total sales of the NES. Nintendo's quarterly results showed the Switch as moving 61.45 million units. The NES managed to sell 61.91 million units in its lifetime. Extremely close to tackling the NES, but not officially at the mark. The thing is, Nintendo's quarterly report didn't account for Switch units sold in July or the first week of August. That's what made us confident in saying that the Switch had surpassed the NES.

There's no need to speculate anymore, though. Thanks to the weekly sales data from Japan, we now know that the Switch has officially surpassed the NES' total install base. As it stands, just measuring the Japanese sales since the quarterly report, the Switch has sold 62,035,250 units. It's likely the figure is way past that number, as we don't have weekly Switch sales info for any other region.

Long story short, the NES has been surpassed, and the Switch is now Nintendo's second best-selling home console. Now just the Wii stands in the way.

Categories: Top Stories, Consoles
Tags: nes, switch

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All of Nintendo's 1st party NES titles are on there already besides Earthbound Beginnings I believe. In order for more NES games to be added Nintendo has to go to 3rd party publishers and obtain the licenses. They cant just put whatever games they want on there and if 3rd parties aren't game or already have compilations on Switch (Mega Man and Castlevania for example) which they can sell and earn maximum profit they have no reason to add them to NES online.

If anything Nintendo needs to gives us the last few 1st party SNES games already (DKC2, DKC3, Earthbound, and Super Mario RPG) and move onto Game Boy, GBA, and N64 Switch online apps.

By the end of the fiscal year (March 31st, 2020) it will have surpassed the 3DS and be close to the GBA. This thing is a monster in sales Smile

socar
Sat Aug 15 20 03:43am
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Its doomed I tell ya! DOOMED!

Y'know what'd be a great way to celebrate, Nintendo? Dumping more games onto NES Online? Maybe 5-20 give or take....

All of Nintendo's 1st party NES titles are on there already besides Earthbound Beginnings I believe. In order for more NES games to be added Nintendo has to go to 3rd party publishers and obtain the licenses. They cant just put whatever games they want on there and if 3rd parties aren't game or already have compilations on Switch (Mega Man and Castlevania for example) which they can sell and earn maximum profit they have no reason to add them to NES online.

If anything Nintendo needs to gives us the last few 1st party SNES games already (DKC2, DKC3, Earthbound, and Super Mario RPG) and move onto Game Boy, GBA, and N64 Switch online apps.

You're not wrong about the lack of 1st party NES games left to release as they are obviously never going to be able to do any of the light gun or R.O.B. games. If they really wanted to they could release Donkey Kong Jr. Math, Mario is Missing!, Mario's Time Machine, and Recca: Summer Carnival '92. Recca being the only one anyone would want.

enthropy
Fri Aug 14 20 06:56pm
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The little hybrid is a monster in sales Smile

Smart move combining handheld and home console, Ninty. Very smart move.

And all they had to do was make a Wii U that you could carry with you.

Not sure why they didn't just do that in the first place instead of tethering it to a giant brick.

enthropy
Sat Aug 15 20 06:27pm
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I wouldn't go as far as to call it a "Wii U you can carry in your hands" because it's not, but it wouldn't have existed without it =)

I see what I did there. I meant a Wii U that isn't stuck inside.

We are all entitled to our opinions, Drew! Good for you you have yours =)

It's hard to believe that starting with the NES, Nintendo had declining home console sales for the next 3 generations (4 if you count the silly VB experiment).

Nice to see Nintendo recover so nicely after the WiiU.

Then they had the Wii that did the opposite.

bUt ThE sWiTcH WaS sUpPoSeD tO bE a FlOp!!!

stooped
Sat Aug 15 20 04:35am
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Hmm. Can someone explain something to me:
I understand that sales are great, but considering that Nintendo consolidated their home console and handheld businesses - wouldn’t it have to sell way better still? I mean, 60Mio is great, but how is it going to do that PLUS DS/3DS numbers?

It’s just puzzling me that no one ever brings that up.

mauroh
Sat Aug 15 20 06:45am
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While I see where you are coming from, if we compare with the previous generation we have WiiU + 3DS sitting at a combined 89.3mil (75.7 + 13.5) which is well within reach for the switch with a couple more years...

Also, we can't forget that Nintendo is also a software company and console games retail for $60 instead of the portable $40... Some of it might be offset by increases in development costs, but it's undeniable that software is selling - case in point, pretty much any Switch 1st party

Well it’s also been on the market less than half the time the NES was being produced without a successor. Also the 3DS was getting first party support and making decent sales for the first year of the Switch’s life, heck even last fiscal year the 3ds sold a million and moved 5 million units of software.

i can see Switch reaching more then 100 milions consoles sold at the end of it life cycle, now it just a matter of time for Switch to have DS-PS2 sales numbers at the end of it life and surpass Wii.

The Switch 2/Pro/Whatever will probably be a part of the Switch family and with combined sales it should reach pretty high numbers.

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