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Nintendo Switch Beats the PS2's First-Year Sales in Japan

Nintendo continues to give a good show at home.

News by Mike Williams, .

The Nintendo Switch has been on an amazing run for its first year. As a capper to that run, it looks like the console has beaten the PlayStation 2's first-year sales record in Japan. According to Media Create numbers, the Switch has sold just under 3.3 million units from launch until December 24. The PlayStation 2 sold 3 million units within the same time frame according to Famitsu data, from the system's launch in March 4, 2000 to the end of 2000.

Nintendo is aiming to sell 20 million Switch consoles worldwide over the course of the next fiscal year. Nintendo's fiscal year isn't calendar aligned, stretching from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. The news comes from an interview Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima had with the Kyoto Shimbun (translated via WccfTech).

If Nintendo hits its targets this year, the Switch will have sold 37 million units by April 1, 2019. The system sold 2.74 million units within its launch month of March 2017, which was actually in the previous fiscal year. Nintendo has been forecasting 14 million Switches shipped for the current fiscal year, ending on March 31, 2018. The system has already sold 10 million units as of mid-December.

It's also worth noting that if Nintendo hits that 14 million milestone, the Switch will have sold more in its first year than the Wii U has in its entire lifetime.

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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #1 SIGGYZtar 21 days ago
    This is pretty amazing, especially in the land of mobile games.
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  • Avatar for SuperShinobi #2 SuperShinobi 21 days ago
    PS2 didn't have a huge debut year, as there weren't many big games available for it in the first 12-18 months. About 10 million PS2s were shipped globally between March 2000 - March 2001. Ridge Racer V, SSX, Tekken Tag Tournament, TimeSplitters, Madden 2001 and Onimusha were probably the biggest games of that first year. Some were buying PS2s as DVD players in the early days.

    It wasn't until Q4 2001, when an avalanche of blockbuster PS2 games was released, that the console's sales really took off. PS2 shipments in the second fiscal year doubled compared to the previous year and the console had multiple huge years in a row after that, as well as legendary longevity.
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  • Avatar for AndreasStalin #3 AndreasStalin 21 days ago
    2018 is the year I will be buying a Switch and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Then it’s Atelier Lydie & Suelle followed by Shin Megami Tensei 5. The Switch is more or less mandatory by now and if Nintendo does the sensible thing and phase out the 3ds (great system though) in favor of a Switch mini which doesn’t have a dock and removable joy cons but can play all Switch games, I think it could easily sell way past 100 million units in the next five years or so, and the fact that many households will buy more than one speaks numbers.Edited 2 times. Last edited 3 weeks ago by AndreasStalin
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  • Avatar for Flipsider99 #4 Flipsider99 21 days ago
    Good news! Switch is an awesome system and I hope it continues to do well. It deserves this success!
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  • Avatar for docexe #5 docexe 21 days ago
    The question is if they will maintain this momentum into 2018. I suppose it's feasible if they actually release Pokémon for Switch this year, but 20 million sales still looks extremely ambitious.
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