When the Nintendo Switch Lite was announced, there was a question of how the new portable would affect the sales of the original Switch model. Today, Nintendo released its earnings report for the nine month period ending on December 31, 2019. The Switch Lite performed very well for the period, and sales of the $299 Switch didn't drop too much either.
From April 1 to the end of December, the original Switch sold 12.6 million units, down from 14.5 million units sold during the same period in 2018. That's a 13% drop, which isn't too bad year-over-year, especially with a newer, cheaper model on store shelves.
The Switch Lite sold 5.2 million units during the reporting period, which is 29% of total Switch sales for the nine months. The Switch Lite debuted on September 20, 2019, meaning it only sold for three months of that period. That's a very strong start for the Switch Lite. Unfortunately, Nintendo did not break out sales for the holiday quarter, so we can't see a more direct comparision between the Switch and Switch Lite yet.
Nintendo already reported that the Switch Lite was in fact expanding the market for the Switch. During its last earning report, Nintendo noted that 57% of Switch Lite buyers were purchasing the system as their first Switch. "We are starting to see a higher percentage of female users among new Nintendo Switch Lite purchasers compared to the status before the launch of Nintendo Switch Lite, across the world. This signals further expansion of the female consumer base," said Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa.
Together with a potential Switch Pro model, Nintendo could be poised to see more growth in Switch sales over 2020. In fact, the company raised the forecast of Switch sales for the full fiscal year from 18 million to 19.5 million units. That's impressive three years into the system's run. The Switch itself continues to surpass Nintendo's classic consoles, recently jumping over the lifetime sales of the Super Nintendo.