This morning, Nintendo sent out one of its periodic infamous business press releases, this time focusing on a strong start to the US shopping season. In addition to upgrading US sales for 3DS families (22 million) and the latest Classic Edition systems (2.5 million for SNES Classic, 2 million for NES Classic), the release has allocated over $ 8.2 million in US sales for the Nintendo Switch (until November 26).
That sounds pretty impressive for a system that has just hit its 20th anniversary on the shelves, even without two full holiday seasons. But we wanted to find out how these sales add up to competition. Therefore, we compared some numbers for past consoles for comparison. As you can see, the pace of sales in the USA in the USA is a rather elite company:
- 971,000: Sales in the USA Saturn in the first 20 months on sale
- 1.8 million: Sales in the USA PlayStation Vita in the first 23 months of sale
- 2.56 million: US original sales Game console in the first 16 months on sale
- 2.8 million: Sales in the USA Dreamcast in the first 16 months on sale
- 3.08 million: North American shipments Wii U in the first 20 months on sale
- 4.3 million: Sales in the USA Gamecube in the first 20 months on sale
- 4.84 million: Sales in the USA Playstation 3 in the first 20 months on sale
- 5.55 million: US original sales Xbox in the first 20 months on sale
- 5.92 million: Sales in the USA Xbox 360 in the first 20 months on sale
- 6.26 million: Sales in the USA Nintendo 64 in the first 15 months on sale
- 6.5 million: Sales in the USA Nintendo 3DS in the first 21 months of sale
- 6.7 million: Sales in the USA Playstation portable in the first 21 months of sale
- 8.2 million: Sales in the USA Nintendo Switch In the first 20 months of sale, announced today
- 8.6 million: Sales in the USA Playstation 2 in the first 20 months on sale
- 9.22 million: Sales in the USA Nintendo ds in the first ~ 26 months on sale
- 10.85 million: Sales in the USA Wii in the first 20 months on sale
- 11.95 million: Sales in the USA Game Boy Advance in the first 20 months on sale
(Unless otherwise noted, all data comes from estimates of NPD sales in the US, pulled from the following online sources: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6).)
Please note that ranked release dates for a calendar year may mean that some consoles use more active sales periods during the first months of their sale. Also note that inconsistencies in publicly registered NPD numbers mean that the closest comparable time periods are slightly different for some of these consoles. We could not find US or North America numbers for PS4 or Xbox One; if you know where to find them, go through them and we will update them.
If you like these numbers, you may also be interested in last year’s survey of the first nine months of the switch’s sales, which amounted to 10 million units.
Also, while we are here, here's how the switch is currently lifespan other Nintendo equipment supplies across North America (as reported in this handy Nintendo spreadsheet).
- 6.49 million Wii U
- 12.94 million Gamecube
- 20.63 million Nintendo 64
- 22 million: 3DS line (only USA so far)
- 23.35 million Super NES
- 34 million: NES
- 44.06 million Game Boy / Color (combined)
- 48.64 million Wii
- 59.93 million Nintendo DS Line