Switch will beat Wii, DS lifetime game sales by 2023

Nintendo sales trends data strongly suggests the Nintendo Switch will dethrone the Wii and DS cumulative software sales by 2023.

Published Sat, May 21 2022 1:33 AM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Jun 9 2022 8:22 AM CDT

The Switch will become Nintendo's #1 software sales platform by 2023, company data suggests.

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According to data provided by Nintendo and compiled by us, the Switch family of consoles will soon become the company's top platform in game sales and beat out all other previous handhelds and consoles.

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Data trends show that the Switch should beat game sales of the Wii (920.81 million) and the DS (948.76 million) by the end of Fiscal Year 2023 (March 31, 2023). The Switch has currently sold 822.18 million games across its five-year lifespan, and software sales trends show the platform has sold an average of 211 million games over the past three years,

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Pandemic lockdown measures helped spike game sales in FY21, however game sales are rising post-lockdown. FY22 delivered a record 235.07 million games sold during the year.

  • FY20 (beginning of pandemic) - 168.72 million
  • FY21 (intra-pandemic) - 230.88 million
  • FY22 (post-lockdown) - 235.07 million

Right now the Switch only needs to sell 98.63 million games to beat the Wii, and 126.58 million games to beat the DS. The Switch should hit both of these targets through FY23 with ease.

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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