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Nintendo Switch sales are still clobbering every other console on Nintendo’s home turf

Zach Epstein
April 26th, 2017 at 7:36 PM
Nintendo Switch Sales 2017

As difficult as it is to actually find a Nintendo Switch console in stock anywhere, it might seem like sales are lagging. Of course, we can assure you that’s not the case. Nintendo’s manufacturing partner is cranking out Switch consoles as quickly as it can, but eager gamers are snatching them up as soon as they hit physical and virtual store shelves. Actually, GameStop has some Switch consoles in stock today if you hurry but they’re likely already sold out, which means your only option is paying a premium and buying one on Amazon.

With supply so constrained, it’s always interesting to take a look at Switch sales to see how Nintendo’s new console is faring against its rivals. As has been the case ever since the Switch was first released in March, sales are soaring.

Industry watcher Media Create releases sales estimates each week for video game hardware and software in Nintendo’s local market, Japan. Last week, the group painted a picture similar to the one we’ve been seeing for quite some time now: Nintendo’s new Switch didn’t just outsell its rivals, it outsold every single one of its rivals combined.

Here are last week’s numbers, courtesy of

  1. Switch – 48,694
  2. New 3DS LL – 17,570
  3. PS4 – 15,222
  4. Vita – 5,164
  5. PS4 Pro – 4,112
  6. 2DS – 3,945
  7. New 3DS – 1,114
  8. PS3 – 367
  9. Wii U – 262
  10. Xbox One – 68

Here’s how that compares to the prior week:

  1. Switch – 45,673
  2. New 3DS LL – 18,115
  3. PS4 – 17,067
  4. Vita – 5,592
  5. PS4 Pro – 4,855
  6. 2DS – 4,475
  7. New 3DS – 1,234
  8. PS3 – 432
  9. Wii U – 271
  10. Xbox One – 142

Yes, by the way, that’s no mistake: Nintendo’s Wii U really does outsell the Xbox One every week in Japan.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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