While the Switch proved to be a major hit in a heavily disrupted 2020, production and distribution issues have nevertheless left some sales behind. It looks like 2021, with some improvement in supply levels, was another year of strong sales for Nintendo; there is now sales data in Japan to support this data.
In the data collected by Famitsu and transmitted GamesIndustry.bizThe Switch was the best-selling console in Japan in 2021 – this is a calendar year, not a fiscal year, so the data is from December 28, 2020 to December 19, 2021. During that period, the Switch sold about 5.3 million units retail in Japan, up from 5.1 million in the previous year – the numbers are mostly the same due to the difference in dates.
Below is a breakdown by broader hardware sales showing that the Nintendo system outperforms all other platforms combined.
- Nintendo Switch – 5.3 million units
- PlayStation 5 – 942,798 units
- PlayStation 4 – 103,786 units
- Xbox X series | S – 95 598
- Nintendo 3DS – 28,224 units.
Nintendo’s overall estimate of global sales for the current financial per year is lower than in 2020/21, but the target is still an impressive 24 million units.