Nintendo Switch Software Sales Pass the 1B Mark


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By: Jason Siu


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The Nintendo Switch is now over six years old, and although sales for the console have been slowing down, Nintendo confirmed the Switch and all its variants has sold over 125-million units. What’s even more impressive is that total software sales eclipsed one billion, with many Nintendo first-party titles leading the way. Here’s a breakdown of Nintendo’s million-seller first-party titles (as of March 31, 2023):

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 53.79 million
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 42.21 million
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 31.09 million
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 29.81 million
  • Super Mario Odyssey – 25.76 million
  • Pokémon Scarlet / Pokémon Violet – 22.10 million
  • Super Mario Party – 19.14 million
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 15.41 million
  • Ring Fit Adventure – 15.38 million
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus – 14.83 million
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 12.82 million
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 11.38 million
  • Splatoon 3 – 10.67 million
  • Mario Party Superstars – 10.17 million
  • Nintendo Switch Sports – 9.6 million
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land – 6.46 million
  • Mario Strikers: Battle League – 2.54 million
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – 1.86 million
  • Fire Emblem Engage – 1.61 million
  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe – 1.46 million
  • Metroid Prime Remastered – 1.09 million
  • Bayonetta 3 – 1.07 million

Those are life-to-date, global numbers that include software sales units bundled with hardware or other products, as well as digital downloads.

In the results for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2023, Nintendo announced it sold 17.97-million consoles during the 12-month period. The company expects the decline to continue through its next fiscal year, estimating around 15-million consoles to be sold. Perhaps more importantly, Nintendo confirmed no new hardware will ship this fiscal year, so all those people anticipating the successor to the Switch to arrive soon, we’ve got at least a full year.

Switch sales may be slowing down, but The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is releasing this week and will likely be the only thing gamers talk about until all the major releases in June. Pikmin 4 is also set to release in July, and don’t be surprised if Nintendo has a surprise or two remaining for 2023.

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With over 20 years of online publishing experience, Jason Siu is currently the Content Director at VerticalScope and used to spend most of his time writing about cars. His work can be seen on websites such as AutoGuide, EV Pulse, FlatSixes, Tire Authority, and more. As the former co-founder of and West Coast Editor of Modified Magazine, he has also authored two books for CarTech Books. In his spare time, he founded FullCleared to indulge in his passion for writing about games. Although Jason is a variety gamer, he generally prefers RPGs.

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