Nintendo Switch software sales close in on a billion

  • Nintendo Switch hardware sales now total 114.33 million, while software sits at 917.59 million.
  • These figures come to us from the Nintendo investor relations website, an official source of information from the company that is updated regularly.
  • While impressive the numbers lag behind several months with this update dated 30th September 2022.

As it does periodically, Nintendo has updated its investor relations (IR) website with the most recent sales figures for its flagship product, the Nintendo Switch, and it seems that the platform is still growing with massive sales on both hardware and software.

Hardware sales now total 114.33 million and software at 917.59 million. To put that into perspective we can look at the last time the IR site had updated numbers, which was on 30th June 2022 according to the most recent snapshot from the Wayback Machine. The hardware was at 111.08 million and software sales were sitting at 863.59 million.

In just a quarter of a year, only around three million more Nintendo Switch consoles were sold, but around 54 million software titles were moved.

With the holiday season coming up and people (hopefully) receiving time off and bonuses from work, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the next update report a billion software titles sold instead.

That being said the increasing cost of living crisis coupled with many other poor economic factors around the world may see more people spending less on games, but all we can do now is wait another three months for another update for Nintendo.

Until then we can, however, look at what specific games are driving these huge software movements. Nintendo has only provided the top ten sellers in this regard which you can see below.

There is a bit more nuance here as it’s technically more than 10 games with multiple versions of Pokémon titles grouped together.

The sales numbers below include the lifetime performance for each and games bundled with hardware:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | 48.41 million
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons | 40.17 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | 29.53 million*
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | 27.79 million*
  5. Pokémon Sword / Pokémon Shield | 25.37 million*
  6. Super Mario Odyssey | 24.40 million pcs.
  7. Super Mario Party | 18.35 million pcs.
  8. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Pokémon Shining Pearl | 14.92 million
  9. Ring Fit Adventure | 14.87 million
  10. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! | 14.81 million

Games marked with asterisks include this disclaimer from Nintendo: “This number has been adjusted to reflect a revision of sales units in previous years.”

No further explanation has been given for this but we have to assume that this means newer versions of a game that have been released or re-released. For Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, for example, you can buy boxed and downloadable copies which include the paid Expansion Pass.


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