Nintendo Switch passes 15 million units sold

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  • Saturday, 19 Oct 2019

Super Mario Odyssey was one of four Nintendo Switch games selling over six million copies in North America by Sept 30. — AFP Relaxnews

After announcing 10 million Switch consoles sold in Europe last week, Nintendo's North American figures now add 15 million to the global tally, with its Mario Kart, Legend Of Zelda, Super Mario and Super Smash Bros games clearing six million copies each.

Crediting its 15 million sales milestone to the combined popularity of the Nintendo Switch (with detachable controllers and TV connector) and new Switch Lite (built-in controllers, no TV port), Nintendo has announced its current games machine as the best-selling console in North America for 10 months in succession.

Adoption has been up 20% in comparison to January to September this year.

(Back in July, Nintendo had announced 14.83 million units sold in North America, 9.6 million in Europe, and 12.44 million in the rest of the world.)

Nintendo's own-brand Switch games Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros Ultimate have all sold more than six million copies in North America, with another ten having cleared the one million mark.

Nintendo praised Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Minecraft and Fortnite for having achieved "significant sales", while Stardew Valley, Cuphead, the Overcooked! series and Untitled Goose Game were highlighted among titles from independent development studios.

Next up for the Switch are the releases of Ring Fit Adventure (classic Switch only) on Oct 18, Luigi's Mansion 3 on Oct 31, and Pokémon Sword and Shield on Nov 15.

The Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017, with the Switch Lite debuting September this year at 2/3 the price.

Though not as phenomenally impressive as equivalent sales of the Nintendo Wii, the Switch's uptake remains ahead of the PlayStation 4 at a similar point in its lifecycle, to the tune of one million units.

Ring Fit Adventure in particular, which combines elements from Nintendo Wii bestsellers Wii Sports and Wii Fit, could attract major interest outside the usual gaming demographic and nudge the Switch's performance further towards that of its 2006 ancestor. – AFP Relaxnews

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