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The Nintendo Switch Has Become The Best-Selling Console Of All Time In Japan


Nintendo just released its financial results for its fiscal year to date, as of December 31st, 2022, and one of the major insights that’s come from the report is a huge sales milestone for the Nintendo Switch family of consoles.

As revealed in the report and confirmed by data shared by Install Base, the Nintendo Switch is now the best-selling video game console of all time in Japan.

The Switch has now cleared 33.34 million units sold in the country, finally putting it above the Nintendo DS and Game Boy which now hold the second and third spots. You can see the full top 10 (again courtesy of staff at Install Base) below:

  1. Nintendo Switch – 33.34m
  2. Nintendo DS – 32.99m
  3. Game Boy – 32.47m
  4. Nintendo 3DS – 25.26m
  5. PlayStation 2 – 21.98m
  6. PlayStation Portable – 19.69m
  7. Famicom (NES) – 19.35m
  8. PlayStation – 18.86m
  9. Super Famicom (Super NES) – 17.17m
  10. Game Boy Advance – 16.96m

Globally, the Switch still has some stiff competition, having hit a total of 139.36 million units worldwide which is a fair bit shy of the Nintendo DS’s 154 million and the PS2’s 155 million.

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On the software side of things, the usual suspects are still going strong since the last report, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe finally cracking the immensely impressive 60m mark, Super Mario RPG racking up a respectable 3.14 million units in the short time since release and surpassing sales of the original SNES version, and Super Mario Bros. Wonder snagging 11.96 million sales since it launched in October.

Here’s how the top 10 stand now:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 60.58 million (up from 57.01m)
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 44.79 million (up from 43.38m)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 33.67 million (up from 32.44m)
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 31.61 million (up from 31.15m)
  • Super Mario Odyssey – 27.65 million (up from 26.95m)
  • Pokémon Sword/Shield – no update (was 26.02m)
  • Pokémon Scarlet & Violet – 24.36 million (up from 23.23m)
  • Super Mario Party – 20.34 million (up from 19.66m)
  • Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – 20.28 million (up from 19.5m)
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 17.20 million (up from 16.7m)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nintendo has not made any comment around its future hardware.