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US: Nintendo Switch Is Fastest-Selling Video Game System Of This Generation

 Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation through 21 months, according to The NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. From its launch in March 2017 through November 2018, Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 million units, outpacing U.S. sales of all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles.

Nintendo is also the overall top-selling U.S. software publisher so far for 2018, according to NPD data through November. This performance should receive an additional boost from the December release of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, which has become not only the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, but also the fastest-selling game in the Super Smash Bros.series, with U.S. sales of over 3 million units in just 11 days, according to Nintendo’s internal sales data.

“We are thrilled to see such a strong reaction from consumers in the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We’re looking forward to delivering more excitement and smiles to our fans in the coming year and beyond.”

The following data from Nintendo of America is specific to the U.S. only:

Source: PR

29 thoughts on “US: Nintendo Switch Is Fastest-Selling Video Game System Of This Generation”

    1. Yeah, not sure about that. Nintendo has almost been a gen behind tech-wise since they released their over clocked GCN w/Motion Controls (the Wii).

      As far as using time brackets for Gens, it seems like the Switch may be a 2nd 8th Gen console, rather than starting a new gen.

      If it is a 9th Gen console, it would have released WAY before it’s “contemporaries”. If Gen is only by company releases, where does the Virtual Boy fit in?

      1. The next playstation and xbox will be out within 2 years so yeah. When will nintendo’s next gen system be out? Didnt nintendo say they want the switch to last 6- 8 years? Wont be anytime soon then.

    2. I think a better way to put it, it costs the same as the 3ds and vita at their launch, but is far more powerful. It’s in the same wierd spot as the dreamcast, but that in the end of day ends up being placed with the ps2 era, despite being around in the end bit of the PS1/N64 era. It’s definitely more a 9th gen console as you said.

    3. Your assessment of the matter is justifiable but I think it’s wrong. The PS4 Pro and Xbox One X launched over the last 2 years as well, and they are not considered Next generation consoles.
      As long as they are the primary competition for the Switch in terms of shelf space and sales, they are of the same generation…


      1. true but X and Pro are equivalent to the New 3DS, in terms of hardware upgrades within the same gen family. So to be honest, tht comparison doesnt make tht much sense, since Switch isnt a revised/upgraded Wii U.

        1. Honestly, I’d argue you can consider the Switch a revised/upgraded Wii U. The Switch would basically be the Gamepad if the Gamepad was the system itself where the sides where the buttons & control sticks are can be detached and used as controllers with what would have been the Wii U system as a dock that streams the image & audio to the TV. I guess you could say the Switch is a reverse Gamepad where instead of the system streaming an image and audio to the Gamepad, the Gamepad is streaming the image and audio to the “system” as the Gamepad is the system and the system is just a dock. (Someone else could probably argue the point better than me, though.)

    4. I’m shocked! Is Miami having a snowy day… are the mountains of Hawaii completely frozen solid? I don’t know to say, gamingfan2009, but I’m sorry… I must agree with your comment.

  1. That’s so amazing! 8.7 million people are having a blast right now. The growth of Nintendo eShop sales is stunning. Nintendo is on a roll. And I believe it’ll continue in the upcoming year.

    1. You keep telling us this and for what purpose? It’s the complete opposite for me and this is probably my most played and enjoyed console ever. Multiple games where I’ve put over 150 hours in and struggle to keep up with the releases. It must suck that you’re not enjoying something so many others are but that’s your choice.

      1. I’m just frustrated with the Switch, and myself for feeling the way I do. I really WANT to love the Switch. But all of my favorite games seem to be on PS4 now. And no, not Call Of Duty or FIFA. Ugh! And the design of the Switch is probably the biggest reason for my negative feelings. Every time I hear about how great it’s selling, I’m left scratching my head in confusion. I was once the biggest Nintendo fanboy anyone could ever meet (or talk to)

        It’s weird. I wanted Nintendo to succeed with the Switch and get people to stop crapping on them, yet I’m doing it now. I don’t look for myself to go back to my Switch until the REAL good games release, like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Animal Crossing etc. And I post my thoughts and opinions because that’s what the internet in for.

        1. I see you’re getting some hate hate for saying that. But, I can see where you’re coming from. Since you don’t care much to use the Switch as a portable device or get most of the third party releases on other consoles, I can see why a lot of the appeal would be lost. It’s a good console, but it’s still pretty much a “Nintendo box” for the most part.

          If Nintendo’s exclusives haven’t been catching your eye, it’s completely understandable for you to feel that way.

          I’m pretty content with mine. It was pretty much all I played for a good while once I got Hyrule Warriors and Skyrim. There’s still more I want and I plan to get around to it more. But, PS4 got my interest again, so I haven’t used it as much.

    2. Don’t let these people white knighting Nintendo make you feel bad for being you. As long as you aren’t wishing horrible things on the people that work at Nintendo, you can feel however the fuck you want to feel. If someone has a problem with that, well that’s their fucking problem, isn’t it!?

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  3. It’s incredible that they did it with shallow third party support. The perfect hardware and the good first party lineup did everything. Hope they will not change again the formula for their next generation because this one is perfect, I hope for a Switch 2 and not some ‘experimental’ platform. Also they can just strenghten first party development, third party don’t sell that well, it’s normality by now… better bet on theirselves with plenty first party games, more games than now.

    1. Yeah. It’s time to stop trying to reinvent the wheel now! Nintendo did it! They may have finally made a damn good overall product! Now improve on that bitch and fix the issues the system has! Starting with making that damn Switch app an optional feature, not a mandatory one!

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