The Switch has a hit a major milestone after just nine months on sale, and will probably outsell the Wii U in just one year.
The figures are especially impressive considering the console only launched in March and hasn’t yet experienced its first Christmas. The total is also almost identical to the PlayStation 4’s first nine months on sale.
There’s even a good chance the Switch will outsell the Wii U’s entire lifetime total, of less than 14 million, in just 12 months.
As you can imagine, Nintendo are well pleased by the results and have been highlighting what a good year it’s been for them, in terms of not just sales but also the critical success of their games – including their various wins at last week’s The Game Awards.
Unfortunately, their attempt to talk up next year’s slate of games is disappointingly coy, with references only to smaller titles such as Bayonetta 2, Kirby Star Allies, and the new Yoshi game – with no mention of Metroid Prime 4, Pokémon, or other major first party games.
By coincidence, Sony also recently announced up-to-date figures for the PlayStation 4 (including PS4 Pro), which now stands at 70.6 million worldwide after almost exactly four years.
That means the PlayStation 4 will easily beat the PlayStation 3’s lifetime total of 83.8 million, and has a good chance of beating the PlayStation 1 at 102.5 million.
Whether it can beat the PlayStation 2’s 155 million total, which made it the best-selling console of all time, depends on how long the current generation lasts.
Since the release of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X it’s not even clear whether normal generational rules still apply, especially as the Switch is technically Nintendo’s second home console this generation.
You’ll notice we haven’t mentioned the Xbox One yet, and that’s for the very good reason that Microsoft refuse to reveal any official sales figures for the console.
Unofficial estimates though put it at around 32 million worldwide after four years, which means it’s now being outpaced in sales by both the PlayStation 4 and Switch.