Following the disastrous launch of the Nintendo Wii U, many were worried about Nintendo’s future when they launched the Switch, hoping that it would not be another Wii U flop. Looking at the figures now, it seems that this is no longer an issue. In fact, the most recent sales estimates suggest that the Switch could actually catch up to the Wii very soon.
Based on the sales estimates, the Switch has managed to sell 92.87 million units to date. The Wii, which is Nintendo’s most popular home console in history, sold 101.63 million units over its lifetime. To give you some context, the Wii U only managed a paltry 13.56 million units before it was discontinued.
This means that there is a chance that the Switch could catch up in the next year or so, assuming Nintendo is able to maintain their momentum. The Nintendo DS still remains Nintendo’s most popular console of all time where it sold 154.02 million units, so it remains to be seen if the Switch could eventually catch up or if Nintendo could introduce a new console by then.
That being said, Nintendo recently noted that Switch sales have been declining year over year, which is to be expected especially with newer consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S out in the market, but Nintendo says sales still remain at a high level.