Title for best-selling Nintendo home console ‘switched’ owner

The Nintendo Wii – widely known for introducing the TV wrecking nun-chuck controllers – no longer holds the title of ‘Nintendo’s best-selling home console’. As of now, the Nintendo Switch is officially the new proprietor of that award. With 103.54 million units sold, the Switch has surpassed the Wii by two million. And we’re still counting.

Great as this news may be, the Switch still can’t quite compete in the category ‘best-selling Nintendo hardware ever’. That title is still firmly placed in the hands of the Nintendo DS, holding the record of 154.02 million units sold. Even the Game Boy (Color) stands in the way of toppling that record, with a respectable 118.69 million units sold.

Looking at Nintendo’s sales performance outside of its own console family, the Switch isn’t doing that shabby either. Only the PlayStation 4 (116.6 million) and PlayStation 2 (155 million) have outsold the Switch.

And to think that Nintendo isn’t even buying big publishers to accomplish its success. It has all been sheer willpower and organic growth, something CEO Shuntaro Furukawa is most proud of. It is exactly that pride that prevents Nintendo from entering the frantic acquisition race. “Our brand was built upon products crafted with dedication by our employees, and having a large number of people who don’t possess Nintendo DNA in our group would not be a plus to the company,” he said, as reported by Bloomberg.

Anyway, back to the Switch. As you might expect, most of the Switch’s sales are down to the OG console. The original hybrid console has sold roughly 82 million units. The Lite is good for almost 18 million, while the OLED version sold close to 4 million units.

America seems to like the Switch the most, racking up 40 million units, respectively followed by Japan (24.36m) and Europe (26.98m). But hey, don’t take my word for it. Let Daniel Ahmad show you the numbers.

Say about Nintendo what you will, but color me impressed. That’s some damn good business for a former playing cards manufacturer, taking a long shot with a game about a gorilla and a carpenter. You know, the carpenter that became a plumber, that is now the globally loved Mario, who’s actually a class A felon