Nintendo Switch sales exceeded its annual target at the end of the 3rd quarter. It looks like it will pass Xbox One sales.
It's impossible to say for sure precisely when sales of the Nintendo Switch sales exceeded the Xbox One. Because for years Microsoft has refused to release sales numbers. But with the Switch's estimated total now at 52.48 million, it's certainly already happened, despite the unofficial estimation of the Xbox One's output remaining at 45 million at best.
Microsoft hasn't announced sales figures to the Xbox console for a few years. Instead of opting to track progress through the Xbox Live and Game Pass subscription numbers. With over 50 million lifetime sales, the Switch has now outperformed the iconic Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The next target for the console is the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which managed 61.91 million sales.
Nintendo's year-end target (April 2019-March 2020) was to sell 18 million switches. However, the number it reached at the end of the third period has already exceeded 17 million. the new target for the last period is 19.5 million sales!
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The Switch is currently tracking inline with the Nintendo DS, which had also received a boost due to the release of a new model.
Notably ahead of the 3DS and just behind the Wii when launch aligned. pic.twitter.com/jXI24izs6d
Switch Lite, which is Nintendo's cheaper and hand-held only system, undoubtedly supported hardware sales. New versions such as Ring Fit Adventure, Luigi Mansion 3 and Mario & Sonic are also likely to help Nintendo Switch sales at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In particular, Nintendo highlighted Pokémon Sword and Shield, which sold 16.06 million units since its release last November.
Nintendo Switch faithful, however, have a lot of new releases to be pumped about this quarter. Nintendo has just released Tokyo Mirage Sessions # FE Encore, an updated version of the Japanese role-playing game that was originally released on Wii U. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, a sequel of two titles, the Blue Rescue Team and the Red Rescue Team, which were released for the Nintendo DS and Game Body Advance in 2005.
We wanted to add that Nintendo's only major release confirmed is Animal Crossing: New Horizons in March, and while there are reports of some kind of new hardware release this summer, they've revealed nothing concrete and there's no clue as to whether and how they're going to respond to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X releases this fall.