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The Nintendo Switch has surpassed 52 million lifetime sales

The Nintendo Switch has sold 52.48 million units worldwide, becoming the company's third best-selling home console of all time.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

January 30, 2020

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The Nintendo Switch has sold 52.48 million units worldwide in under three years, becoming Nintendo's third best-selling home console of all time (assuming you can still squeeze it into that bracket).

That figure comprises sales of both the original Switch and the recently released Switch Lite, and means the console has eclipsed the SNES' lifetime sales total of 49.10 million units. 

The only other Nintendo home consoles to have outsold the Switch are the Wii and NES, which sold 101.63 million units and 61.91 million units respectively. 

If you're a stickler for semantics and don't agree the Switch should be classified as a home console, then you'd find the Nintendo DS (154.02 million units), Game Boy (118.69 million units), and 3DS (75.71 million units) are still some way ahead of the sales curve.

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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